Herald undergoes management changes

By The Herald

John Rumbach, co-publisher and editor of The Herald and co-president of Jasper Herald Co., will retire at the end of the year.

John Rumbach

Rumbach joined The Herald in 1973 as a general assignment reporter after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. He was named managing editor in 1976, and co-publisher and editor in 1993.

Current managing editor Justin Rumbach, John’s son, will become the fourth generation Rumbach to be publisher and editor of The Herald since A.T. Rumbach took on the role in 1919. Current Co-Publisher Dan Rumbach will move away from his newspaper duties, remaining co-president of Jasper Herald Company and focusing on company matters.

Veteran newspaper editor Lynn Adams has been named managing editor of The Herald.

Lynn Adams

John Rumbach oversaw numerous changes at The Herald during his 45-year tenure, including the creation of the Saturday feature, an expansion of the paper’s news and feature coverage and its photojournalism, the introduction of digital production and the development of online products.

He has been the recipient of numerous national and state awards and honors for writing, editing, design and photography, among them winning national picture editor of the year five times, being named National Press Photographers Association national editor of the year and receiving Ball State’s Indiana Journalism Award. He served as president of the Associated Press Photo Managers and as director and faculty member of The Kalish, an international photojournalism workshop.

He was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2015.

Locally, Rumbach was on the organizing committee that brought Habitat for Humanity to Dubois County, and served as its first president. He also served as president of the Jasper Lions Club, the American Cancer Society, Dubois County chapter, and the Fifth Street School PTO. He’s been a board member of the Optimist Club of Jasper, Junior Achievement, the Dubois County Alliance to Promote Education and the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. He’s served as a Cubmaster and youth league soccer coach.

He was also a gubernatorial appointment to the Indiana Adult Literacy Coalition.

He currently sits on the board of the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation, and has served as its president. He will continue as co-president of Jasper Herald Co.

He and his wife Susan have four children, Jennifer, Justin, Andrew and Peter, and five grandchildren.

Justin Rumbach

Justin Rumbach, a Jasper High School graduate, received a bachelors of journalism degree from Indiana University in 2000, before working for newspapers in Florida, Michigan, Indianapolis and Evansville. 

He joined the photography staff at The Herald in 2006, first as a staff photographer, and then as chief photographer. He began leading the newsroom as managing editor in 2009. He was elected to the company’s board of directors in 2013. 

Recently, he received his Masters of Business Administration from Western Governors University.

He is past president of the Indiana Associated Press Media Editors and the Indiana Newspaper In Education Foundation. He is also a member of the Online News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Locally, he’s served on the board of Dubois County Habitat for Humanity, and has helped lead teams through the Destination Imagination program. He is currently a mentor in the Mentors For Youth program, and a Cub Scout leader with Ireland Pack 130. 

He and his wife, Abbie, have three children — Hadley, Cameron and Jack.

Dan Rumbach

Dan Rumbach, a graduate of Jasper High School and the University of Notre Dame, was a practicing certified public accountant before joining Jasper Herald Company and The Herald in 1981. He served as controller from 1981 to 1986, treasurer from 1986 to 1992, was elected to the board of directors of Jasper Herald Company in 1986, and has served as co-president of the company and co-publisher of The Herald since 1993.

He is past secretary of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, a charter board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Dubois County and, along with his wife, Cricket, a mentor for BB/BS, a committee member of the Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Dubois County Community Foundation, treasurer of Precious Blood Cub Scout Pack 183, an Eagle Scout advisor for Holy Family Boy Scout Troop 185 and a coach in the Jasper youth baseball, basketball and soccer programs. He is a member of the Optimist Club of Jasper, Knights of Columbus Council #1584, a volunteer for Community CHEW and a member of the Vincennes University Jasper Campus Foundation board of directors, where he has served for 24 years.

Rumbach and his wife, Cricket, are the parents of three adult sons — Jay, Max and Sam.

The second generation of family members to guide The Herald were John T. “Jack” Rumbach who served as publisher and Edwin J. Rumbach who served as advertising director.

The remaining Herald senior management team includes Mark Fierst, controller, and Brenda Adams, advertising director.

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