The Kansas City Star will soon feature the columns of Steve Rose, longtime Johnson County publisher, editor and columnist, in its weekly suburban editions for Johnson County. Rose’s front-page column will debut Jan. 5, in The Star’s Johnson County Neighborhood News. It will run on Wednesdays and also appear online at Go JoCo.
“I am pleased to write in a new forum with an excellent reputation and a broad reach,” Rose said. “I am flattered that The Kansas City Star has joined with me to bring a new perspective on Johnson County.”
For much of his career, Rose ran Sun Publications as president and CEO, publishing community newspapers and niche publications dedicated to Johnson County news and issues. It was a legacy handed down by his father, who in 1950 founded the family’s first newspaper, the Prairie Scout. Sun Publications also owned MetroMedia, the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle and the Kansas City Nursing News.
In 1998, Rose sold Sun Publications. He returned a decade later as co-publisher. In November, after writing his Sun column for 40 years, Rose announced he was leaving the paper.
“Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the column, as well as one of Johnson County’s most distinguished voices,” said Mike Fannin, The Star’s editor and vice president. “He has a strong following of loyal readers, and his depth on the issues will no doubt help him grow that audience as he moves to a bigger platform at The Star. We’re thrilled to bring Steve aboard and excited about expanding our menu of content for readers in Johnson County.”
The Star publishes the Johnson County Neighborhood News on Wednesdays and Saturdays.