The future of Iowa’s Newspapers

How will the state’s most trusted news source stack up in the years to come?

He and she never met, likely never even heard of one another. Yet here they are, leading an article about the

future of Iowa newspapers. That’s because their views reflect so well what you’ll hear from many Iowa editors and publishers who argue against the notion that print newspapers are dying.

“He” was Steve Williams, whose family bought the Milford (Utah) News in 1933 and who sold it in 1970. “She” is Abigail Pelzer, named publisher of the Marshalltown Times Republican. She was managing editor of the T-R for five years and editor of the Newton Daily News before her return to Marshalltown.

Williams’ motto for his paper was, “The only newspaper in the world that gives a damn about Milford.”

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