North Idaho Media Conglomerate Announces Departure of Longtime Publisher

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HAGADONE CORPORATION
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The North Idaho media landscape is experiencing a major change this week as the Hagadone Corporation announced Dec. 10 that longtime publisher David Keyes would be leaving the company to “pursue other opportunities.”

Keyes, who had come up through the company as a reporter and editor, was publisher of the Bonner County Daily Bee, Bonners Ferry Herald and Priest River Times since 2000.

“It is hard giving up the best job in the world,” Keyes wrote in a Facebook post on the evening of Dec. 9, “and as I look back at 28 years of newspapering (and interneting!?!) in North Idaho I have nothing but positive memories of tremendous, bright and hard-working co-workers and the thousands of people I have met.”

Jim McKiernan, of Moses Lake, Wash., has been tapped to replace Keyes. McKiernan owned and published the Snoqualmie Valley Record in Snoqualmie, Wash., from 1996-2008 and worked short stints as advertising director for the Columbia Basin Herald and Idaho State Journal. Most recently he worked in agricultural sales and construction.

“Jim is a great leader and comes with a strong marketing background. Having owned and operated his own newspapers in the past he understands what it takes to produce the complete multimedia newspaper product,” stated Hagadone Communications President Brad Hagadone* in an announcement published by the Hagadone-owned Coeur d’Alene Press.

"A newspaper is no longer just a newspaper, we have to become a media and marketing franchise. School and sports news, community information, visitor information and breaking news need to be constant, unbiased and complete," McKiernan stated in the announcement.

The Coeur d'Alene-based hospitality, marketing and publishing company owns publications in Hawaii, Montana, Washington and Wisconsin, as well as daily and weekly papers in Coeur d'Alene, Kellogg, Sandpoint, Priest River and Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

Keyes could not immediately be reached for further comment.

(*No direct relation to this author.)