A team of seasoned veterans in the field of local journalism has been named to head Courier Publications, which relaunched The Republican Journal, The Camden Herald and The Courier-Gazette April 5.

The owner and publisher of Courier Publications is Reade Brower, a Midcoast resident and business leader who started The Free Press in 1985. He also owns some real estate magazines and tourist publications, as well as a print co-op business.

He is the former owner and president of Target Marketing in Rockland, and sold the company in 2004.

Brower said he became interested in the newspaper business in 1978 when he got a job at the UMass Daily Collegian.

“My job at the UMass Daily Collegian was a fabulous experience,” Brower said. “I loved the energy surrounding the newspaper …and it was so much fun servicing the local businesses and getting paid for it.”

Brower was raised in Westboro, Mass., and moved to the Midcoast in 1980. He and his wife, Martha, live in Camden. They have three grown sons, a dog Sadie, hens, birds and fish.

Both Reade and Martha have enjoyed running in local road races over the past 15 years. He also enjoys golf and softball with his sons.

“As life has settled down and the children are grown and out of the house, I have turned to volunteering and building my printing and publishing businesses to keep myself active and alive,” Brower said.

Ken Waltz will serve as sports director and regional editor for Courier Publications.

Waltz is a graduate of Rockland District High School, has a degree in law enforcement and studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. Next year will be his 30th in the media business, a tenure which has seen him receive more than 300 Maine Press Association awards and more than a dozen New England Press Association honors for writing, photography and page/section design.

Waltz lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The two have a son, Brandon, 23, a web developer for the Sun Journal in Lewiston.

Daniel Dunkle has been named news editor for the three weekly publications.

Dunkle, who grew up in Hampden, came to Rockland in 1998 to work as a reporter at The Courier-Gazette. In 2004, he was promoted to serve as editor for The Republican Journal. He later had running The Waldo Independent in Belfast added to his duties. After those papers were purchased by VillageSoup in 2008, Dunkle returned to Rockland and has served as associate editor for VillageSoup’s publications.

Dunkle has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maine in Orono.

Christine Dunkle has been named production manager for the company.

A South Thomaston native, Dunkle started working for The Courier-Gazette after graduating from the University of Maine in Orono with a degree in journalism, first as a reporter and later as a graphic designer. She has extensive experience designing newspaper pages and ads, as well as art sections and supplements. She has served as production manager for both Courier Publications and VillageSoup.

She and Daniel live in Rockland with their two children and black cat.

Dave Libby has been named advertising director. Libby has more than 20 years experience in newspaper advertising, serving most of that time with The Courier-Gazette. He has also served as advertising manager for the Lincoln County Weekly and The Republican Journal. More recently he has worked for The Midcoast Beacon and The Bangor Daily News.

He lives in St. George with his wife of 24 years, Noreen.

Bryan Gess has been named operations manager for Courier Publications.

Gess, a Pittsburg, Pa., native, has 17 years experience working in the newspaper business, running printing operations, managing circulation and providing information technology services as well as graphic design.

His family moved to the Midcoast nine years ago to work for the former Courier Publications business. He lives in Washington with his wife, Amiee, and two sons.

These team leaders can be reached at 594-4401.