Joni Harms is taking on the publisher duties at the Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D. This is in addition to her role as publisher of The Globe in Worthington. The Daily Republic’s publisher, Rory Palm, is moving to Wyoming to oversee a group of four daily newspapers. His last day was Friday.
Harms attended Iowa State University and is a graduate of Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, Iowa. She joined the Daily Globe as an accounting intern in 1978, and worked as a circulation clerk before becoming business manager in 1981. She was promoted to Assistant General Manager, Director of Advertising and Finance in 2001. She was appointed to the position of publisher of the Daily Globe in 2006. Harms also helped to build a large commercial printing business at The Globe with customers from a six-state area.
Harms has worked for the Vance family, Midwest Newspapers, Thomson Newspapers and Forum Communications Co. during her tenure at The Globe.
“I’m very excited about my dual role as publisher of both The Globe and Daily Republic and am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I’ve been given,” Harms said. “I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead and feel fortunate to be surrounded by a great team of professionals in both locations.”
“Joni’s background leading a variety of business areas gives her an advantage taking on this dual role. In addition to her professional experience, Joni’s management style is to value employees, help them grow and have a voice in decisions. This fits with FCC’s culture and will serve her well in Mitchell where there is an experienced group of department leaders able to provide day-to-day support,” said Matt McMillan, vice president of newspapers for the company.
Last year, the Worthington and Mitchell operations began sharing Daily Republic business manager Annette Kroger following the retirement of longtime Globe business manager Anita Holmes.
The Globe and Daily Republic are owned by Forum Communications Company. The company built a new central printing plant last year in Sioux Falls, SD. where both papers now print. Outside commercial printing work is also handled in the Sioux Falls facility. Harms will continue in an advisory level with commercial printing.
Harms met with Daily Republic employees twice during the past two weeks and will be back next week to officially begin as publisher.
“Rory did a great job for us, but found an opportunity to oversee a larger group. This is a similar opportunity for Joni to grow inside our company. We thank Rory for his years of service, and wish Joni well in her newly expanded role,” McMillan said.
In addition to her extensive professional experience, Harms has also been an active volunteer at the local and state levels. She served as President and Board Member with the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce & Convention and Visitors Bureau, United Way of Nobles County and the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival. She was also the 135th president of Minnesota Newspaper Association, representing more than 340 daily and weekly newspapers across the state.
Additionally, Harms was a member of the local American Cancer Society board, and served and participated in all four of the Southwest Minnesota Honor Flights. The winner of 2017’s Inspirational Woman of the Year in Worthington, she is currently a member of Worthington’s Chamber Ambassador Club and the Sanford Consumer Council.
Harms and her husband, Calvin, live in Harris, Iowa where he farms. They have two grown children and their families, including two grandchildren.
Forum Communications Company is a fifth-generation, family-owned company with 32 newspapers, four TV stations, a radio station, commercial printing operations as well as digital and interactive divisions based in Fargo, N.D.