MITCHELL, S.D. — Seth Tupper is succeeding Korrie Wenzel as publisher of the Daily Republic in Mitchell. S.D. Wenzel is leaving the newspaper after March 14 to become publisher of the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald. Both newspapers are owned by Forum Communications Co., of Fargo, N.D.
Tupper’s first day as publisher will be March 17.
“I’m honored to be entrusted with this responsibility,” Tupper said, “and I look forward to working hard on behalf of the readers, advertisers and employees of our great newspaper.”
Since 2010, Tupper has been The Daily Republic’s editor, a position that will now be open because of his promotion.
As publisher, Tupper will oversee all aspects of The Daily Republic’s operations. As editor, he managed the 12 employees in the newsroom and directed the newspaper’s journalistic efforts.
Wenzel’s promotion to publisher of the Herald was announced Dec. 27. That began the search for a new publisher of The Daily Republic, which concluded today with Forum Communications’ announcement of Tupper’s promotion.
Wenzel said he is pleased to hear that the company chose to promote from within.
“I’ve worked with Seth since the day he got here. I know him well,” Wenzel said. “He’s earned this, and I know he’s going to be the kind of person who cares as much about the product and the employees as he does about the community and region.”
Tupper grew up in Wessington Springs — which is also Wenzel’s hometown — and Kimball. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in political science from South Dakota State University.
His first job after college was in Worthington, Minn., where from 2002 to 2003 he was sports editor of The Daily Globe, another Forum Communications Co. newspaper. He was region editor of The Daily Republic from 2003 to 2005, city hall reporter and assistant editor from 2005 to 2010 and, most recently, editor.
Tupper has won numerous awards for his journalism, including the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s Outstanding Young Journalist in 2007. Each of the past four years under Tupper’s and Wenzel’s leadership, The Daily Republic was honored with the state newspaper association’s General Excellence award, which means it was judged to be the best newspaper in its circulation division. On March 13, Tupper will accept the Public Notice Resource Center’s national Public Notice Journalism Award in Washington, D.C., an award that resulted from a two-year fight by Tupper and other Daily Republic staffers to reveal a secret financial agreement between an ex-superintendent and a school board. Read more about that here.
Outside of his work at the newspaper, Tupper is the chairman of the First Amendment Committee of the South Dakota Newspaper Association, based in Brookings, and president of the Dakota Discovery Museum Board of directors in Mitchell. He is a member of the Anew United Church of Christ, Mitchell, and was a member of South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s Open Government Task Force in 2012.
“Seth’s rise to publisher is a testimony to his skills, work ethic and commitment to his craft and community, said FCC Director of Newspapers Matt McMillan, “He’ll build upon Wenzel’s legacy of quality.”
Tupper is married to Shelly (Werkmeister) Tupper, an Armour native who operates her own cake-decorating business called CakeWerks. They live in Mitchell and have two children: Kaylie, 7, and Lincoln, 4.
The Daily Republic is owned by Forum Communications Co., a multimedia information company based in Fargo, that owns dozens of newspapers, websites, television and radio stations and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.