Consultant and Lobbyist
Doug Anstaett now serves in a part-time capacity as consultant and legislative lobbyist for the Kansas Press Association. He also produces the Kansas Publisher electronic edition each month.
He served as executive director from 2004 until July 2018.
He is a native Kansan. 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 was 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 was president of the KPA board in 2000-01 while at the Kansan.
He won first place in the 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. 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 is a member of the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government.
In 2019, he was inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame.
He and his wife, Lucinda, established an endowed scholarship fund in 2010 through the Kansas Newspaper Foundation that annually awards a $1,500 scholarship to a 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.