Daughter buys Marysville Advocate from Kessingers

Posted October 1, 2012

Sarah Kessinger is new owner and publisher of the Marysville Advocate.

She replaces her parents, Howard and Sharon Kessinger, who have been co-publishers of the Advocate since 1975.

Kessinger, 47, has been editor at the Advocate since 2008.

“I’ve been lucky to have good teachers throughout the Advocate staff and the county community,” she said. “I look forward to continuing work with them in this unique corner of the world.”

Kessinger is a graduate in journalism and Spanish from Kansas State University and has a master’s degree from the University of Kansas.

She started in journalism as an education reporter at the Garden City Telegram and helped the newspaper launch its bilingual Spanish-English weekly newspaper, La Semana.

Kessinger later became deputy metro editor at The Monitor in McAllen, Texas, and eventually returned to Kansas to join Harris News Service as a statehouse correspondent in Topeka.

Kessinger and her husband, Peter Muraski, have two children, Paul and Sophie.

The Advocate is a 4,600-circulation weekly covering Marshall County in north-central Kansas.

As they phase into retirement, Kessingers’ parents continue to help part-time at the weekly with various editing duties.