Sheffield Press publisher awarded for 64 years of journalism

Sheffield Press Publisher Jack Zimmerman was honored at a reception at the Hampton Chronicle last Wednesday in recognition of his 64 years in journalism. He is pictured with Mid-America Publishing President Pam DeVries. DICK FRIDLEY PHOTO

Members of Mid-America Publishing got the chance to honor longtime publisher Jack Zimmerman of the Sheffield Press during a reception last Wednesday at the Hampton Chronicle.

Zimmerman was the recipient of a special plaque presented recently by the Iowa Newspaper Association in recognition of his 64 years in the profession.

History

How did it all begin for him in journalism? “I had a friend who worked for the Press, who wondered if I would be interested in a job. When I applied for the job, I wasn’t exactly honest when I told the owner of the paper that I wanted to be a printer. That’s what got me started,” he said.

Zimmerman worked as an apprentice when he first started out. “I learned how to run the hand-fed press. My main job for a number of years was to run the linotype machine.“

When it came to typing, he said he did most of it by using just two fingers. “I still use that approach today,” he smiled.

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