Karen Spurgeon

Karen Spurgeon

Publisher, Bloomfield Democrat

Professional background:
Karen began her newspaper career in the fall of 2004 after spending 39 years in the music education profession. Needing to fill the void left by retirement, she went to work for The Bloomfield Democrat, which she and her husband, Publisher Gary Spurgeon, owned. The reporting, editing, and bookkeeping skills she began to learn at that time were vital in continuing the family business with son Scott after Gary?s death in August of 2013. Gary?s passion for community journalism was contagious, and Karen and Scott were determined to ?pick up the pieces? and move forward. A good newspaper that keeps its readers informed and prods its citizens into action is vital to the success of any community, and in memory of Gary Spurgeon, The Bloomfield Democrat is continuing to fulfill that role.

Husband: Gary (deceased); Daughter: Shari Forsythe (deceased); Son: Scott (Editor of The Bloomfield Democrat); Daughter: Stephanie Henkenius (Senior Associate, Mercer Consulting); Eight grandchildren

Off-the-job interests:
Bloomfield Main Street, secretary/ board member; Davis County Fine Arts Council, board member, involved in musical activities; Davis County Tourism and Development Committee, treasurer; Bloomfield United Methodist Church, Chancel Choir director, administrative board member; Ottumwa Municipal Band?saxophone section; Optimist Club?member.

Areas of most interest related to the INA:
Legislative; learning more about technology and its utilization in the news media; anything related to the business.