J. Bruce Baumann, editor of the Evansville Courier & Press, is ending his journalism career in his hometown where it began more than 46 years ago.
Baumann, 64, will retire March 31, the newspaper reported Sunday.
The veteran newsman began his career as a sports intern at The Evansville Courier while he was still in high school and worked his way up to director of photography for the Sunday Courier & Press.
He then worked at daily newspapers in Dubuque, Iowa, Grand Rapids, Mich., Mansfield, Ohio, San Jose and Monterey, Calif., and Pittsburgh before landing a job with National Geographic magazine. He also was editor of Scripps Howard Publishing Inc., a book and special publications company, and a visiting profesor of journalism at Syracuse University.
Baumann returned to Evansville as managing editor in 1998 and was named executive editor in 2004. He has served as editor since March 2006. During his tenure in the newsroom the newspaper was twice recognized by the Hoosier State Press Association as Indiana’s Blue Ribbon Daily.
While announcing his retirement to the newspaper staff, Baumann recalled how he described his management style to another editor shortly after his return.
“I told her my job is to stand in the middle of the newsroom, flap my arms and convince us all that we can fly,” he said. “That has basically been my style ever since. And, much to my delight, we have a newsroom that can fly, and on numerous occasions, has soared to the highest levels.”
Baumann said he intends to spend time with his wife and family on their Posey County farm.