The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


January 16, 2014

Former publisher dies

CLINTON — A former Clinton Herald publisher, who oversaw the transition of the newspaper as it was sold from family to corporate ownership in the 1980s, has died.

Robert Evans, 80, whose career with the Herald spanned nearly 30 years, died Friday in Florida. Funeral arrangements are pending.

“Bob’s leadership in our community and our newspaper in the 1970s and 80s helped create the community we know today. His contribution to our newspaper came at a critical time of innovation in the newspaper industry that enabled the Herald to compete with larger newspapers,” said Herald Publisher Ron Gutierrez. “We are sad to hear of his passing.”

A Rockford, Ill., native, Evans had a long career with the Herald, joining the family owned newspaper in August 1960. After gaining experience in the administrative, circulation and mechanical departments, he was named co-publisher and production manager in the fall of 1962. His administrative duties were expanded in 1965 when he was named co-publisher and general manager.

In 1967, he was named president and publisher following the death of his father-in-law, Courtland Young Hancock. He was at the helm of the newspaper when it created CHTV, which was on the air from 1982 to 1985, and also when the newspaper was sold in 1986 to the Donrey Media Group, a sale he negotiated and that marked the end of the W.J. Young family’s 80 years of Herald ownership.

That history goes back to the early 1900s, when the W.J. Young Co. purchased the Herald and brought it to stability; succeeding generations of the family maintained control. Robert’s former wife, Elizabeth Hancock Evans, was in the fourth generation of the W.J. Young and the daughter of Courtland and Elizabeth Hancock, who were killed in the 1967 automobile accident.

In July 1985, the Clinton Herald was split off from the W.J. Young Co., with the Elizabeth Evans family acquiring total ownership of the newspaper. In a special Herald publication announcing the sale in 1986, it was noted that Elizabeth Evans and her children made the decision to sell the newspaper to Donrey Media Group. Robert stayed on as general manager until retiring to pursue other interests in 1989. The Herald was sold to CNHI in 1998.

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