September 22, 2021

Bricker rejoins Shaw to become Sauk Valley Media publisher

Takes leadership role at Telegraph, Daily Gazette

STERLING – Don T. Bricker has begun his second tenure with Shaw Media as publisher of Sauk Valley Media.

Bricker assumed leadership of the Telegraph, Daily Gazette, Ogle County Newspapers and Prairie Advocate on May 16. He succeeds Sam R Fisher, who continues to be publisher of the Bureau County Republican, Putnam County Record and Tonica News.

Bricker will be based in Sterling.

“I’m grateful and excited to join Sauk Valley Media and rejoin Shaw Media,” said Bricker, who worked for the company from 2008 to 2014. “The company understands the importance of community journalism and the role we play in broader service to community.

“People need to know what is happening in their communities, now more than ever. I’m committed to continuing the outstanding legacy established by the Shaw family in the Sauk Valley over the past 166 years. I look forward to developing great partnerships and friendships in the months and years to come.”

Bricker has worked in the newspaper and media business for more than 40 years, in Illinois, Ohio, California and Colorado. With Shaw Media, he has been publisher of the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb and the Kane County Chronicle, and eventually was responsible for overseeing Shaw Media’s suburban Chicago operations. For the past 3 years, Bricker worked for Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

Shaw Media President and CEO John Rung said Bricker is a “tremendous addition to Shaw’s leadership team.”

“This marks the third time Don and I have worked together in our respective careers,” Rung said. “I can say without hesitation that he is a man of integrity. Don will be a great representative of our company in the communities served by Sauk Valley Media. I know from experience people love working for Don, and he gets the job done.”

Tom Shaw, who is retiring this month as CEO of Shaw Media, said Bricker is a great addition to Rung’s executive team.

“His broad industry knowledge and effective management style has served him well in the past, and it will again,” Shaw said. “We are fortunate that he has rejoined our organization.”