Andy Taylor is the editor of the Montgomery County Chronicle, a weekly newspaper that serves the the communities of Coffeyville, Caney, Cherryvale and many smaller communities in between.
Taylor is a fifth-generation Kansas journalist whose ancestral roots in Sunflower State journalism date back to the mid-1880s. He was raised in the former Caney Chronicle newspaper (owned and edited by his parents, Rudy and Kathy Taylor) where he cut his teeth in the newspaper business. Family legend has it that Rudy and Kathy brought their newborn son to the Chronicle office as soon as he left the hospital after his birth. Andy has not left the newspaper office since then.
He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism. After college, he worked briefly for the Miami County Republic in Paola, Kan.., before returning to his native roots in Montgomery County in 1994 to operate the Cherryvale Chronicle. The Cherryvale newspaper merged with the Caney Chronicle to form the Montgomery County Chronicle in 1997.
Andy's grandfather was H.K. "Skeet" George, who was a longtime publisher and editor of the Caney Chronicle and among the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame inductees. His great-grandfather was Frank E. George, who operated the Altamont Journal from 1903 to 1948, and his great-great-grandfather was William George, who briefly operated the People's Vindicator in Erie, Kan., in the mid-1880s.
Andy and his wife, Amy, reside in Independence with their daughter, Lillie, who has expressed a desire to someday be on Broadway and not in the newspaper business.