Vernon appointed NNA Region 7 director
November 28, 2012
Dane Vernon, president of the Vernon Publishing Inc., was recently appointed National Newspaper Association Region 7 director (Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri).
He was appointed by the NNA board to fill the unexpired term of John Edgecombe Jr., who was elected treasurer. Vernon will serve until Sept. 14, 2013, and then be eligible for election as Region 7 director.
Vernon Publishing owns five weekly newspapers and one shopper in central Missouri. Vernon was born and raised in Eldon, MO, home of the group’s flagship newspaper The Eldon Advertiser, a family-owned weekly since 1948.
Dane worked summers at the paper for as long as he can remember, and spent his high school junior and senior years in the darkroom and pressroom.
He married his high school sweetheart, Sharene, March 13, 1976. They had two children: Trevor and Tim. Dane started taking over operation of the newspaper group from his father, Wallace, in 1991, and now Trevor is in the same process of taking over the paper from his father.
Dane graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1979 with degree in advertising.
After graduating college, he returned to Eldon to work at the newspaper office for a little more than a year, selling ads and writing stories. In 1981, he moved to Versailles to take over as publisher of Versailles Leader-Statesman, Morgan County Press, The Tipton Times and The Highway Five Beacon.