Scott C. Schurz is chairman emeritus of Hoosier-Times, Inc., formerly a subsidiary of Schurz Communications, Inc., of which he serves as chairman. Prior to moving to Bloomington in 1966, Schurz began his newspaper career at Schurz Communications at the (Hagerstown, MD) Morning Herald and Daily Mail, the South Bend Tribune and WSBT-TV, and the (El Centro, CA) Imperial Valley Press and Brawley News.
Schurz has served on the board of governors and the executive board of the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) and chairman of the Newspaper Association of America Foundation. In 2006 the NAA board appointed him to be their U.S. representative to the World Association of Newspapers. As a representative of NAA, Schurz serves on the executive committee of the World Association of Newspapers. He also chairs WAN’s Youth Readers and Newspaper in Education Committee. He is a member of the executive committee and board of the Inter-American Press Association and honorary president.
Schurz is also a member of the International Press Institute and the World Press Freedom Committee. He served as president of the International Newspaper Marketing Association in 1986, and held the office of treasurer 1997 to 2004. He was honored with their Silver Shovel Award in 1988. Schurz served as president of the Inland Press Association in 1985-86, and was honored with Inland’s Distinguished Service Award in 1994. Schurz has been a member of the board of the Hoosier State Press Association and served as president in 1989 and 1997, and was awarded the HSPA Distinguished Service Award in 1998 and the First Freedom Award in 2002. In 2003 he was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame, and in 2005 received the Indiana Journalism Award presented by Ball State University.
Other past association affiliations has been with the American Newspaper Publishers Association and the Newspaper Advertising Bureau. Schurz has served on the board of the Indiana University Foundation since 1986, and in 2000 received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Indiana University. He received a BA from Denison University in 1957. Schurz has been involved in numerous community fund raising activities.
Scott Schurz married Kathryn Joan Foley in August 1967. They have three children; Scott, Jr. (Stephanie), Alexandra (David Gewant) and John (Rachel), and eight grandchildren: Scott Schurz III and Daniel Schurz; Trevor, Nathan, and Connor Gewant; and Sydney, Mallory, and Graham Schurz.