M. Olaf Frandsen, publisher of the Salina Journal, was named publisher of the McPherson Sentinel today by Stephen Wade, senior group publisher for GateHouse Media in Kansas.
Wade is publisher of the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Frandsen will remain publisher in Salina, but will take on the added duties of the supervision of the Sentinel.
He replaces Steve Lundblade, who will be taking the reins as publisher of the Hutchinson News, also a GateHouse paper.
“Living so close to McPherson, I have been in this community for fun and shopping many times,” Frandsen said. “Now I get the absolute pleasure of being in McPherson every week, working with the incredibly talented and dedicated staff of your newspaper.”
In addition to his duties as publisher in both Salina and McPherson, Frandsen recently assumed the role of group publisher/strategy for GateHouse Media in Kansas and Colorado and supervises the company’s newspaper in Hays.
Frandsen has been in the newspaper business for 40 years, starting his career as a reporter and then an editor.
After 18 years in the newsroom, he became a publisher and, with his former company of 30 years, Freedom Communications Inc., was a regional vice president overseeing 10 daily newspapers from his base in McAllen, Texas.
He moved to Salina in 2012 as publisher of the Salina Journal for then family-owned company Harris Enterprises Inc.
Frandsen is married and has three children, and 7 grandchildren in California, Arizona and Overland Park.