Becky Maxwell, former regional publisher for the Centerville Daily Iowegian, Knoxville Journal-Express and Pella Chronicle, has been named publisher of the Albia, Chariton and Moravia Newspapers. She will replace long-time publisher Dave Paxton who will become publisher emeritus the end of July.
She will join the newspapers on June 29.
“It’s pretty well known that some difficult business decisions by CNHI (Community Newspapers Holding Inc.) caused Centerville, Knoxville and Pella to lose their local newspapers,” said Paxton. “Their loss is our gain as we were able to hire Becky as our new publisher.
“I’m really looking forward to working with her and for her when she takes over for me the end of July,” he added. Paxton will continue to work about 15 hours a week for the newspaper, doing editorial/opinion page
writing, some sports writing and feature writing.
A native of rural Centerville, Maxwell attended DMACC in marketing and management and started her newspaper career with the Daily Iowegian in July of 1996 in classified sales, becoming an advertising representative in September of 1997. In July of 2003 she was named publisher of the Daily Iowegian before being named regional publisher in 2017.
In 2014 she was named to the CNHI Hall of Fame for being one of 12 locations that in the past decade had consistent and outstanding operating performance. She also served on the CNHI Publisher’s Board and earned the CNHI President’s Award. Her news team at the Daily Iowegian has received state and national honors.
“Local journalism is so important for communities like Albia, the community needs to know what their elected officials are doing, what is happening in their schools and what is happening where they live,” she said. “I will work hard to continue building on the great foundation that Dave has accomplished over the years, I know that I have big shoes to fill.”
Maxwell is accomplished as a community journalist and has been extremely active in the Centerville community. She was Main Street Centerville Promotional Committee and Organization Committee chair and Centerville Bike Night Committee president. She was named 2015 Main Street Volunteer of the Year. She served as on the YMCA board, fund-raising committee and youth sports committee.
She is a past president of the Rathbun Lake Association and was on the Centerville Community School Advisory Board Committee.
Maxwell has also served on the Iowa Newspaper Association Service Board as president, past treasurer and secretary and served on the INA Finance Committee.
“Albia is a vibrant community and I have always admired how the community comes together and accomplishes projects,” she said. “I am excited to meet our readers, our advertisers and the people who make the community work.”
Maxwell and her husband, Grant, live on an acreage south of Centerville with daughters Tori and Teghan.