Doug Anstaett, KPA’s executive director, is a native Kansan and in his 14th year leading the organization.
He grew up in Lyndon, 30 miles south of Topeka, and graduated from Kansas State University in 1973 with a B.S. degree in Journalism and Mass Communications.
During his journalism career of more than four decades, he has been a reporter, editor and publisher in four states: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota. He was editor and publisher of the Brookings Register (S.D.) from 1982 to 1987 and then of the Newton Kansan from 1987 to 2003.
He became executive director of the Kansas Press Association on Jan. 1, 2004. He was president of the KPA board in 2000-01 while at the Kansan.
He won first place in the coveted Inland Newspaper Association-sponsored William Allen White Editorial Excellence Contest four times between 1987 and 2002 (including the overall sweepstakes award in 1992). He has always believed newspapers have a responsibility to their communities to provide comprehensive news coverage, editorial page leadership and a vision for the community to grow and prosper.
He was a member of the 1988 Leadership Kansas class and traveled to Haiti on a two-week church mission trip in 1990. While at K-State, he was a member of the KSU Marching Band for two years. He has been a member of the K-State Alumni Association Board of Directors and the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees. He is past president of the KSU Journalism Advisory Committee. He is also past president of the Newspaper Association Managers, an organization of press association managers representing newspapers in the United States and Canada, and the Newton Rotary Club and is a member of the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government board of directors.
He and his wife, Lucinda, established an endowed scholarship fund in 2010 through the Kansas Newspaper Foundation that annually awards a $1,000 or $1,500 scholarship to a print journalism student at K-State.
They have two married daughters, Beth (Russ) Iversen and Ashley (Matt) All, and seven grandchildren: Olivia and Sebastian Iversen and Thomas, Helena, Penelope, Silvia and Georgia All.
He enjoys writing, reading, playing golf, spending time with his grandchildren and working with Lucinda at their farm south of Lyndon, which they are returning to native prairie.
To read an article from the Oct. 30, 2013 Morning Sun in Pittsburg, where Anstaett began his career, click here.