Based in Mishawaka, Indiana, Schurz Communications, Inc. is a diversified privately-owned, nationwide communications company.
The company publishes eleven daily and eight weekly newspapers in medium and small markets with a combined circulation of nearly 225,000. It also publishes shopping publications in California, has ten television stations, owns thirteen radio stations and operates three others, owns three cable companies, a phone directory and a printing company. Geographically, Schurz Communications has a presence in Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Virginia.
It all began in 1872 when Alfred B. Miller and Elmer Crockett founded the South Bend, Ind. Tribune. The Tribune is still the flag-ship property and family members have held editor and publisher positions at the newspaper for five generations. Schurz Communications newspapers have a long tradition of editorial excellence, technical innovation and a commitment to the highest standards for quality and excellence in journalism.
The company emerged as a broadcast pioneer in 1922 with the launching of WGAZ radio (now WSBT) in South Bend. WSBT television began broadcasting in 1952. Schurz Communications broadcast companies are leaders in their markets. The first property acquisition was the Herald-Mail in Hagerstown, Md. in 1960. Antietam Cable TV in Hagerstown was acquired in 1968. The first television acquisition was WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Va. in 1969. It moved into the commercial printing business in 2000 with the acquisition of Miller Rainbow Printing in Bedford, Indiana.
Schurz Communications, Inc. is a Mishawaka based news and information company, which consists of seven business segments: Broadcasting Radio, Broadcasting TV, Cable TV, Newspaper Publishing, Shoppers, Commercial Printing and Digital Media.
Our corporate executives and management personnel are: Franklin D. Schurz, Jr., Chairman & Director, Scott C. Schurz, Sr., Vice Chairman & Director, Todd F. Schurz, President and CEO & Director, David Ray, Vice President & Director, Scott C. Schurz, Director, Gary N. Hoipkemier, Senior Vice President & CFO, Marci Burdick, Senior Vice President – Electronic, Charles V. Pittman, Senior Vice President – Publishing, Martin D. Switalski, Vice President Human Resources & Administration, Kerry Oslund, Vice President – Digital Media, Michelle Wright, Vice President of Information Technology, Charles D. Lynds, Director of Strategic Marketing, Wendy Hill, Employee Benefits & HR Compliance Manager, Gesumino A. Agostino, Corporate Controller, and Sean Miller, HR Systems & Services Manager.
Our companies put great emphasis on seeking the truth and sharing it with others. Our purpose is to provide a better understanding of the world, so that our readers, viewers and users are more informed and can positively impact our communities and society.