Jernagan named BG editor, effective Saturday

Thursday, June 11, 2020
Jared Jernagan

Effective Saturday, June 13, Assistant Editor Jared Jernagan will assume the role of Banner Graphic editor, General Manager Daryl Taylor has announced.

He succeeds longtime Editor Eric Bernsee, who will continue with the Banner Graphic in a supportive role to Jernagan in the newsroom.

“Jared has essentially been serving in the capacity of editor for more than a year now as Eric has dealt with his health issues,” Taylor said. “We look forward to continuing under Jared’s leadership.

“Eric, meanwhile, will assume the assistant editor role – or whatever title they choose to assign to it. At any rate, it is great to have them both functioning in the newsroom along with Staff Writer Brand Selvia and Sports Editor Joey Bennett.”

A native of Williamsport in Warren County, Jernagan came to Greencastle as Banner Graphic sports editor in March 2007 and became assistant editor in November 2008.

“After 13 years in Putnam County, I view this as home,” Jernagan said. “I’ve said a number of times over the years, whatever the future holds for me, I have no plans to leave Greencastle. I love it here, and I am honored to assume the role of editor here at the Banner Graphic.

“Don’t look for sweeping changes with me in a new role,” he continued. “Eric and I have worked together wonderfully for the last nine years and I hope that partnership continues to flourish. The team we’ve put together will remain committed to being your source of Putnam County news.”

A 1999 Seeger High School graduate, Jernagan is a 2003 Wabash College graduate with an English major and political science minor.

He started his journalism career at The Review Republican, Fountain County Neighbor and Lafayette Leader in 2005, becoming editor of all three in 2006.

He and wife Nicole were married in 2007 and are the parents of two children, Miles, 9, and Hannah, 5.

Bernsee, a native of the Chicago suburb of Broadview and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, joined the Banner Graphic as managing editor in September 1975 and continued as editor through 2003.

His prior experience included two years as assistant sports editor at the Courier-Tribune in Bloomington, and two more years in the same role at the Richmond News Leader in Virginia.

After a seven-year hiatus as communications and public relations director for Dixie Chopper, Bernsee returned to the Banner Graphic to take the editor’s reins again in March 2011.

“Editor of the Banner Graphic is essentially who I am,” Bernsee said after 36 years at the helm. “I have some physical limitations now, making it the appropriate time to pass the baton to Jared, who has done a marvelous job in my absence most of the past year. I know we will continue to work well together to provide our readership the type of stories and coverage they have grown to expect.”

Bernsee is the father of two grown daughters, Kara Wolf, Davenport, Iowa, and Nicole Bullard, North Vernon.

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  • Many congratulations Jared. Well deserved.

    -- Posted by Nit on Thu, Jun 11, 2020, at 10:46 PM
  • Congratulations! Well deserved!

    -- Posted by BJCP76 on Fri, Jun 12, 2020, at 12:24 AM
  • Congratulations , Jared! Eric, thank you for your service and love of our community, as editor and now as a continuing mentor to Jared!

    -- Posted by keneitel on Fri, Jun 12, 2020, at 8:02 AM
  • Congratulations, Jared! Wonderful that Eric is staying on. What a great team. We are so very very fortunate to have the Banner Graphic serving our community!

    -- Posted by m.elaine.peck.97 on Fri, Jun 12, 2020, at 8:43 AM
  • Good for you Jared. Your writing is always top-notch. Now when is the paper going back to 4 times a week? Twice a week was supposed to be temporary, remember?

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Fri, Jun 12, 2020, at 8:51 AM
  • Congrats to you and Eric both!

    -- Posted by small town fan on Fri, Jun 12, 2020, at 9:59 AM
  • Congrats Jared! So happy that you are officially taking over this role. Looking forward to reading your work for many years to come.

    -- Posted by sbritches on Fri, Jun 12, 2020, at 10:59 AM
  • As a community we have been very fortunate to have Eric Bernsee AND Jared Jernagan as a team at The Banner. Good luck and many congratulations to Jared as you take on this new role! Thanks to Eric for all the tireless work on behalf of our community!

    -- Posted by LocalPaper on Fri, Jun 12, 2020, at 11:27 AM
  • Jared--congrats on your promotion!! It is most certainly well deserved. Having you and Eric at the B/G over the years has been great and the quality of our hometown newspaper shows it. I wish you nothing but the best and I am glad you're committed to staying in Putnam County. Hopefully in about 25 years you'll be writing a similar final article as Editor to the one that Eric wrote today, and hopefully I will be reading it even though I will be in my upper 80s.

    -- Posted by gustave&zelma on Fri, Jun 12, 2020, at 11:35 AM
  • Best of luck Jared. You are going to have some big shoes to fill, and we all know that you can do it.

    -- Posted by Nit on Fri, Jun 12, 2020, at 12:44 PM
  • Congratulations, Jared, on being formally named "editor-in-chief." It's a recognition of your many years of good and hard work on the BannerGraphic and for the community it serves. And thanks to you, Eric, for all that you have done for the BannerGraphic and the community it serves.

    -- Posted by stinebri on Fri, Jun 12, 2020, at 2:58 PM
  • Congratulations JJ and as always appreciate your work and the support of the B-G team.

    -- Posted by eoffice on Sun, Jun 14, 2020, at 12:27 AM
  • Congrats. Jared a good person. I also believe he will meet the challenge of being a reporter of news and provider of information without letting his personal politics color the role of editor. That alone, makes him special.

    He is a man of high character

    -- Posted by beg on Sun, Jun 14, 2020, at 10:18 PM
  • Congrats Jared!

    -- Posted by Lora Busch on Mon, Jun 15, 2020, at 2:07 PM
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