A lifelong resident of Abilene was named Editor and Publisher of The Abilene Reflector-Chronicle today.
Montgomery Communications announced Tim Horan would fill that position starting immediately.
“I feel like that little kid who always wanted to play in the Final Four and finally got that shot,” Horan said. “What young journalist doesn’t have aspirations of running the home-town newspaper?
“I just want to assure our readers, businesses and residents that we will continue to strive to serve the people of this community,” Horan said.
“Tim is an important part of our organization and this opportunity is well deserved,” said John G. Montgomery, president Montgomery Communications, Inc., owner of The Reflector-Chronicle. “I am pleased we have someone from within our Abilene operation, who is well-known in the community and has Abilene’s interests at heart as our editor and publisher.”
“I know Tim will provide the leadership that enables our staff to continue to make the Reflector Chronicle an important part of our community and a quality local newspaper,” said Tim Hobbs, vice president Montgomery Communications, Inc.
“As editor and publisher, he will lead our print and digital initiatives into the future, while staying focused on our commitment to building and cultivating long-lasting partnerships with advertisers and readers. We are fortunate to have a talented and dedicated professional such as Tim, with a first-hand understanding of Abilene and our surrounding communities, overseeing the exciting times ahead.”
Horan first joined The Reflector-Chronicle staff in 1980 as sports editor. He advanced to news editor before leaving in 1984 for a long career with the National Greyhound Association. Horan returned to the sports desk of the Reflector-Chronicle in November 2011 and in 2012 was named city/county editor.
Horan is a graduate of Abilene High School and was the editor of the Booster, the school newspaper. He earned a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University.
His wife Kathy is a teacher at McKinley Elementary School. Their son Ryan, wife Jennifer and children Teigan and Gemma live in Abilene. Daughter Robin, husband Nathan Weatherman and sons Hayden and Landon live in Gladstone, Mo.