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Bernsee named Banner editor

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

GREENCASTLE -- A familiar voice is back in the pages of the Banner Graphic.

Longtime editor Eric Bernsee took over his old position Monday morning after six years as the communications and public relations manager at Dixie Chopper.

Bernsee was originally the Banner editor from September 1975 to December 2004, working for three different owners -- Sarkes Tarzian, Elkhart Truth and Rust Publishing.

A native of the Chicago area and graduate of the University of Missouri, Bernsee has resided in Greencastle for more than three decades.

"This became home," he said. "Both of my daughters were born here and went to high school here. This is their home, so it's my home."

Bernsee's family includes his wife Ruth, daughters Kara and Nicole and stepchildren Emily and Sam Lowe.

As editor, Bernsee is focused on the challenges of balancing the printed and online editions of the newspaper.

"We are lucky in Greencastle and Putnam County to have a daily newspaper in a community this size," he said. "I want to do my best to assure that it continues to thrive and evolve. The physical newspaper and website have to work hand in hand."

"I look forward to having Eric as part of our team again," Banner Graphic general manager Daryl Taylor said. "His knowledge of Putnam County and its residents is exactly what a small town newspaper editor must have. And his love for the community makes for a great fit for the paper and Putnam County."

With prior experience covering the City of Greencastle, Bernsee will again assume the city beat in addition to the features, columns, photos, design and spot stories that are the lifeblood of any small town journalist.

His column "Daze Work" will appear again soon.

Bernsee can be reached at 653-5151 extension 24 or ebernsee@bannergraphic.com.

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Welcome back! Just another sign of good things beginning to happen in Greencastle...

-- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 12:28 AM

Hallelujah! Now maybe things will be reported correctly and the articles will get proofread. Welcome back, Eric!

-- Posted by cll on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 1:02 AM

Thank God! Welcome back, Eric!

-- Posted by townielove on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 1:21 AM

Glad to see you back Eric!

-- Posted by VolunteerFF on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 6:16 AM

Be careful of what you wish for, Eric! He He! Good to have you back!

-- Posted by GRNT on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 7:22 AM

Hooray! Thank you for coming back!

-- Posted by compassion first on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 7:32 AM

That is great news! Welcome back, Eric. We missed you!

-- Posted by statethefacts on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 8:21 AM

You know all those obnoxious, rude, or disrespectful comments we've seen online over the pass years, even those directed at Banner-Graphic mistakes - Those end up making the online banner-graphic irresistable to readers. Yes it makes some residents look ridiculous, and probably isn't good for the image of the city, but I imagine it drives up readership. Inevitably, the bad comments are exposed by subsequent reader comments, which helps balance it out. I just thought I add my 2 cents as the BG looks at the future of online/print. What is needed is the ability to comment on the "Opinion" pages (i.e Letters to the editor). Those people get to share ignorant comments without other readers getting the chance to share counterpoints online.

-- Posted by Light in the Dark on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 9:09 AM


-- Posted by do-read on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 9:48 AM

Welcome back Eric! My husband and I were sad when you left. We really missed your column. Hope you haven't lost your touch.

@ Light in the Dark: you can comment on the opinions page, it only takes a second to write a letter for the Banner to print, they just won't print hateful and hurtful things.

-- Posted by mad-mom on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 10:08 AM

Welcome Back, Old Buddy. Ready to run your traps, again? I wish you the best, and I hope it's worth it for you. Put Pony Boy in his place!

-- Posted by Sour Grapes on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 10:26 AM

Hey some nice kind comments here, well deserving to you and the community. Things do go in Circles doesn't it. No Pun Indended!

Look forward or maybe the past for the furture? Well not sure what I said there but We do wish you & the Banner Great Success!

Lester & Judy Wilson

-- Posted by buzz26 on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 11:08 AM

Welcome Back.... We missed you!

-- Posted by caddy3 on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 11:20 AM

Welcome back Eric!! This is the best move the Banner Graphic has made in a long time. Looking forward to reading the paper again.

-- Posted by workinggirl on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 12:27 PM

Congratulations Eric!!! Glad you are back. Looking forward to reading the paper again.

-- Posted by withpassion on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 2:28 PM

Thank God for miracles. Welcome back!

-- Posted by bam on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 2:54 PM

Holy Indiana breaded tenderloin and spring morels Batman, Eric's back at the helm! Congratulations Eric and Greencastle on the return of a truly gifted editor! Putnam County will be a better place! Your pals, Dick and Claudia Hardwick

-- Posted by Dick Hardwick on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 3:21 PM


-- Posted by Blue6 on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 4:30 PM

I guess I'm gonna have to rely on politics in the Indy Star for my entertainment in the absence of the usual Banner faux pas.

Welcome back Eric.

-- Posted by westforty on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 4:59 PM

Congratulations, Eric, and welcome back! Filling your shoes would have been a tough job for anyone. We all look forward to reading your articles (especially your column!) again, and wish you the best. Hope you've still got your receipt - quarter pounder with cheese, no cheese.

-- Posted by Brandolph on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 6:55 PM

YES!!! Very happy to hear this good news! Banner Graphic made a GREAT decision to welcome you back! Congratulations!

-- Posted by John3:16 on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 7:16 PM

It will be so great to have you back as Editor. The Banner Graphic will be a real newspaper, once again. Congratulations.

-- Posted by mrp55 on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 10:18 PM

Just curious if anyone knows what happened to Barrand.

Not that I am upset by this move whatsoever, has been a long time coming.

-- Posted by anonymous101 on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 4:50 PM

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