Matt Bryant named interim publisher of Mt. Pleasant News
Matt Bryant has been appointed interim publisher of The Mt. Pleasant News by the newspaper’s parent company president, Darwin Sherman. Bryant began his duties at the News on Tuesday, June 4.
Bryant will be replacing Bill Gray, who is returning to Kansas to be closer to his family.
A graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College, Bryant returns to Mt. Pleasant after serving at the Washington Evening Journal, first as general manager and then as publisher, since 2009. Prior to his duties in Washington, he spent 10 years in northern Iowa as publisher of the Cresco and New Hampton newspapers.
“I am excited and honored to be returning to Mt. Pleasant,” Bryant said. “I have nothing but great memories of this community — from going out to Dave Heaton’s Iris Restaurant when my family came to visit to spending hours with friends at East Lake on spring days and late night study sessions at Buff’s.
“Since graduating from IWC, I have been back to Mt. Pleasant on many occasions and I have watched from a distance as the community has continued to grow and prosper,” Bryant continued. “I look forward to being a part of the bright future of not only Mt. Pleasant, but also of Henry County as a whole.”
Bryant, a fourth generation newspaper publisher, has been associated with strong community publications his entire life. Growing up in Centerville and spending countless hours at his grandfather’s newspaper, he said a number of principles have been engrained since a young age.
“I have long believed that the mission of any community paper is to inform, educate, entertain and provide a voice for its subscribers and advertisers as well as being a strong community leader and advocate. I believe with the talent already present on the News staff, we will be able to continue meeting and improving on those goals,” stated Bryant.
Bryant will continue as publisher of the Washington publications as he adds the Mt. Pleasant duties. He and his wife, Stacy, have three daughters, Emily, 22, Lauren, 20, and Bailey, 11.