Kausler to lead news operations at Anderson Independent-Mail

Mon, August 15, 2005 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI – Donald H. Kausler Jr., a veteran newspaper journalist with 26 years experience, has been named editor of the Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail, effective Aug. 12.The Independent-Mail is owned and operated by The E. W. Scripps Company.Kausler, 48, becomes editor of the Independent-Mail after serving five years as the newspaper’s managing editor. As editor, he will oversee all of the Independent-Mail’s newsroom operations as well as other print editorial products published by the newspaper.Simultaneous to his appointment as editor, Kausler joins the Independent-Mail’s executive management committee, which assists in setting the newspaper’s editorial policy and oversees new product development and strategic planning.“Don’s leadership as managing editor has been instrumental in all of the Independent-Mail’s design, content and special features changes during the past five years,” said Fred L. Foster, president and publisher of the newspaper. “He has the ability, talent and commitment to continuous improvement and a keen understanding of the value of local news. Don excels at editing a newspaper that readers look forward to reading every day.”Kausler came to the Independent-Mail from The Birmingham (Ala.) Post-Herald, which also is a Scripps newspaper. He has worked in various news and sports roles during his career, which started at the Milwaukee Sentinel and continued at The Birmingham (Ala.) News and the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune.Kausler is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism at Columbia. He also is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Anderson and is active in the Anderson community as a youth sports coach.About ScrippsScripps is a diverse media concern with interests in national lifestyle television networks, newspaper publishing, broadcast television, television retailing, interactive media and licensing and syndication. All of the company’s media businesses provide content and advertising services via the Internet.Scripps is organized into the following operating divisions. Scripps Networks, including the company’s growing portfolio of popular lifestyle television networks. Scripps Networks brands include Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living, Great American Country (GAC) and HGTVPro. Scripps Networks Web sites include FoodNetwork.com, HGTV.com, DIYnetwork.com, fineliving.com and gactv.com. Scripps Networks programming can be seen in 116 countries.Scripps Newspapers, including daily and community newspapers in 19 markets and the Washington-based Scripps Media Center, home to the Scripps Howard News Service. Scripps newspapers include the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, the Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel and the Ventura County (Calif.) Star. Scripps Television Station Group, including six ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates and one independent. Scripps operates broadcast television stations in Detroit; Cleveland; Cincinnati; Phoenix; Tampa; Baltimore; Kansas City, Mo.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Lawrence, Kan.Shop At Home, the company’s television retailing subsidiary, which markets a growing range of consumer goods directly to television viewers and visitors to the Shop at Home Web site, shopathometv.com. Shop at Home reaches about 53 million full-time equivalent U.S. households, including 5 million households via five Scripps-owned Shop at Home affiliated television stations.Shopzilla, an online comparison shopping service with an index of more than 30 million products from more than 55,000 stores. Shopzilla is powered by ShopRank, a proprietary algorithm that helps shoppers instantly find virtually any product for sale on the Web at the best price. Shopzilla also operates the BizRate consumer feedback network with more than 2.5 million members and about 1 million reviews per month.United Media, a leading licensing and syndication company. United Media is the worldwide licensing and syndication home of Peanuts, Dilbert and about 150 other features and characters.

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