OTTUMWA, IA — Courier publisher Martin Cody is retiring after a 37-year media career.
Cody has been publisher at the Courier since the fall of 2011. His time in Ottumwa made a deep impression.
"I've grown to love the community," he said. "I will, as I leave, certainly miss everybody and I leave with a lot of fond memories.”
Cody started in newspapers in 1979 with the sales department at the Atlanta Journal Constitution. After a couple years, he realized he wanted to become a publisher and began working in various positions to broaden his background.
With a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in finance and business administration, Cody became a business manager and then a publisher for Cox Newspapers in Arizona and Nevada, and later for Brehm Communications in California.
That background helped bring him to the attention of Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., the Courier’s parent company. After going through several publishers in quick succession, they hoped to land a stabilizing influence. They got one.
“Martin is an excellent newspaper professional and we appreciate his years of service at the Ottumwa Courier,” said Robyn McCloskey, senior vice president of operations for Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. “We wish him well in his retirement.”
Cody called the Courier “a reflection of the community … the community’s newspaper.” And he is proud of the team he leaves behind.
"From the department heads on down, I feel like I'm leaving the next publisher, and the community, in good hands," Cody said. "We have some great employees."
A search for Cody’s successor is ongoing.
The Ottumwa Courier is a CNHI newspaper. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, CNHI is a leading publisher of local news and information. Its newspapers, websites and specialty publications serve communities in 23 states.