The Creswell Chronicle has a new publisher effective March 1. Noel Nash and his wife Denise purchased the Creswell, Oregon weekly newspaper from Scott and Jeanne Olson, who had published the newspaper for seven years. In addition to the newspaper, the company publishes a cluster of bi-annual lifestyle magazines known as Emerald Valley Magazines as well as thecreswellchronicle.com website.
The new publisher, Noel Nash, began his newspaper career as an early morning paper boy delivering The Miami (Fla.) Herald in his hometown. As he “matured” and gained wisdom Nash gave up his predawn delivery schedule for an afternoon route delivering The Miami News. During his teen years Nash delivered many different newspapers.
After 25 years in newspaper journalism in multiple roles around the country, including Florida, Alabama, Nevada, Utah and Texas, Nash joined ESPN in Bristol, Conn. While with ESPN his duties included serving as vice president of the Stats & Information Group, which is responsible for all public-facing data, as well as unique and differentiating content and sports analytics.
Retiring publisher Scott Olson is president of the Creswell Chamber of Commerce. Olson has had a career in community journalism that has spanned 30 years in both Oregon and Washington. He has owned five weekly newspapers, the Montesano Vidette, Montesano, Wash.; Burns Times-Herald, Burns, Ore.; Springfield Times, Springfield, Ore.; Fern Ridge Review, Veneta, Ore.; and The Creswell Chronicle.
Dave Gauger with Gauger Media Service, Inc., a media brokerage firm in Raymond, Wash. represented the Olsons in the transaction.