Flemming named news editor of Steele County Times
Deb Flemming has been named news editor of the Steele County Times.
A native of Waseca and graduate of the University of Minnesota, Flemming has spent most of her career reporting for and editing community newspapers. In her new position, Flemming will be responsible for news coverage throughout Steele County. She will also assist Publisher Rick Bussler in editing stories and laying out each week’s newspaper.
Flemming’s arrival at the newspaper coincides with the recent retirement of Howard Lestrud, who had been at the paper for about six years. The Times is also looking for additional editorial support to continue the strong coverage of Blooming Prairie that Lestrud has provided in recent years.
“Deb is a true community journalist who has a passion for the hometown news that our readers have come to know and expect from our newspaper,” said Bussler. “Unlike many newspapers around the country, our readership continues to grow in ways I never envisioned, and Deb will be a great asset to provide what our readers want from their community newspaper.”
Bussler pointed out that in unprecedented times like now, it will be important to have someone of Flemming’s caliber leading the news coverage for the Times.
“I’m thrilled to be working for an independently owned newspaper that's committed to producing a quality, local news product for its readers each and every week,” Flemming said.
Flemming began her journalism career at her hometown newspaper, the Waseca Daily Journal, first as a reporter and then editor. She began writing for the Steele County Times as a freelancer this past summer.
Flemming is a former editor of the Owatonna People’s Press (1985-1992) and the Mankato Free Press (1995-2005). After leaving the Free Press, Flemming served as the executive director of the Minnesota Newspaper Foundation and was an adjunct professor for the St. Cloud State University’s Department of Mass Communication.
She moved to San Diego in 2010, where she worked as a media advocacy specialist for the Institute of Public Strategies, a non-profit organization committed to implementing long-term, sustainable social change in a range of public health and safety issues.
The past few years Flemming has worked as a freelance writer and editor and communications consultant. Her writing and editing work includes newspapers, trade publications, trade associations and book publishing.