By Katie Nix, ONA Intern
There have been numerous changes in the newspaper field over the last 40 years and this week one woman who has lived through these changes has retired: Kathy McCutcheon, AdOhio’s network account executive.
“When I first started at ONA in 1972, I was doing the weekly bulletin on a press using metal sheets for copies,” McCutcheon said. “Now all I have to do is press print on a computer. That’s by far the biggest change I’ve seen.”
However, McCutcheon said she believed the most surprising change over the last 41 years was the difference in newspaper ownership.
“They used to all be family-owned, and now they’re all broken up and individual companies,” McCutcheon said.
McCutcheon spent her time at AdOhio completing orders for press associations as well as prospecting for new clients. She also was in charge of the classified networks and collecting the money for the ads that were sold.
On Tuesday, McCutcheon retired from AdOhio after 21 years after having worked for the Ohio Newspaper Association for 20 years before that.
“[The executive director] approached me after 20 years for ONA and asked me if I was interested in switching to the advertisement side of things for sales and classifieds,” McCutcheon said. “I was ready and happy for the change.”
While at ONA, McCutcheon was in charge of all of the printing that went on in the office in addition to the mailing.
McCutcheon said she was sad to leave her friends at ONA and AdOhio, and that the experience was very rewarding.
“Getting to do both sides—newspaper and advertising—was very rewarding,” McCutcheon said. “I got the opportunity to talk to people, and I just loved it.”
McCutcheon will be missed at ONA.
“Kathy was an important part of ONA and AdOhio,” said Dennis Hetzel, ONA’s executive director. “We will miss her, and her customers will miss her as well. Her service was always superior, and we wish her the best.”
McCutcheon hopes to spend her retirement visiting with her daughter, a member of the U.S. Navy, while she is stateside, and visiting family in California and Atlanta. She also plans on doing charity work for the homeless, Navy families and those less fortunate than herself.