Bethany College Hosts Christman in Annual Keresty Journalism Lectures
BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Department of Communications and Media Arts will present the John Keresty Lectures in Journalism on September 28. Bethany graduate Mike Christman ’88, president and CEO of Fort Wayne Newspapers and publisher of the News-Sentinel, will give the keynote address at 7 p.m. in Commencement Hall.
Before joining Fort Wayne Newspapers, Christman worked as regional publisher for Ogden Newspapers and was publisher of the Parkersburg News & Sentinel in Parkersburg, W.Va. From 1999-2000, he served as publisher of the Salem News in Salem, Ohio, and from 1990 to 1998, he was director of operations for Ogden Directories, a division of Ogden Newspapers.
Christman graduated from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va., in 1988. He grew up in Wheeling, W.Va., and attended Wheeling Central Catholic High School.
He holds current board positions as president of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Junior Achievement of Fort Wayne and the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana.
Christman and his wife Janet are the parents of daughter Allyson and son Ryan.
The John Keresty Lectures in Journalism, established in 2009, honor the memory of John Gregory Keresty, a 1963 graduate of Bethany College and a business executive who loved the printed word. A bequest from his estate and additional gifts fund the lectures, which examine current topics, trends and issues pertaining to the changing face of journalism. The lectures are open to the public and are sponsored through the Bethany College Department of Communications and Media Arts.
Keresty (1941-2007), a manager of Hall Manufacturing Corporation in Ringwood, N.J., was a voracious reader of history, newspapers, magazines, non-fiction and journalism reviews. Early in his career, he worked as a newspaper editor and speech writer, His daughters, Laura and Elizabeth Gwynne Keresty, worked with the College to develop the concept for the lecture series.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.