Jeff Cott is publisher of the Derby Weekly Informer, a second generation Kansas newspaper publisher and the newest member of the Kansas Press Association Board of Directors.
He will serve as legislative director following his appointment by KPA president Travis Mounts.
He succeeds Dena Sattler, former Garden City Telegram editor/publisher, who resigned to become director of communications for the Kansas Department of Commerce.
In the 1960s and 1970s, he was involved with and grew up in a family operation of five weekly newspapers that were located in Sumner and Sedgwick counties.
In 1998 Cott and his wife Rhonda started the Derby Weekly Informer in Derby, and have been in business now for more than 20 years.
As owner/publisher, Cott manages the day-to-day operations of the Derby Weekly Informer newspaper, derbyinformer.com and a regular community magazine.
Cott graduated in 1978 from Kansas State University, with a B.S. degree in broadcast journalism. While at Kansas State he worked on the K-State Collegian and the Royal Purple yearbook, as a staff photographer and writer. He was also involved with radio and television productions over his college years.
After graduation, Cott spent 14 years in radio and television sales and sales management and was exposed to multiple extensive revenue building and sales training programs. He started and operated a direct mail marketing company for several years prior to the newspaper.
Through the years the Cotts have been a part of the Derby community in numerous ways, including leadership and service rolls. In January of 2019 they were awarded the Mayor’s Award of Excellence, honoring a person or persons who have contributed significantly to the community.