New publisher for Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA east valley office

Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA is pleased to announce its newest addition, Publisher Greg Tock, 56, to the East Valley office. The office in Apache Junction produces the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon, the East Mesa and the Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent newspapers.

Mr. Tock, previously an advertising manager, editor and publisher at the White Mountain Independent in Show Low since 1992, is excited to be in the valley. The White Mountain Independent is owned by White Mountain Publishing LLC.

“We’re very happy to have Greg join our team,” said Bret McKeand, president of Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA in Arizona.

Mr. Tock grew up in Dwight, Illinois, where his family owned and operated six weekly newspapers. He attended Southern Illinois University for one year to take photojournalism classes. Afterwards, Mr. Tock started working full time at his family company, Star Newspapers, in 1978. During his time there, he worked at multiple jobs, eventually became an advertising expert. One of Star Newspapers papers, the Dwight Star & Herald started in 1868.

“I spent a lot of time with cameras and photojournalism,” said Mr. Tock. “Working for my mom and dad was a great experience.” Mr. Tock says his father was very good at delegating assignments and making sure people followed through.

Mr. Tock worked with Star Newspapers in Illinois until 1992 when he and his wife, Debbie, moved west to Arizona for a climate change. Mr. Tock started with the White Mountain Independent from then on. Under Mr. Tock’s leadership, the White Mountain Independent earned Arizona Newspapers Association’s “Newspaper of the Year” Award in 2014 and captured top honors for Excellence in Advertising for seven straight years.

Mr. Tock believes his past experience has prepared him for the job at Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA.

“This is a good opportunity for me and a good fit. My 38 years of experience working for weekly newspapers has prepared me for the challenges that lie ahead,” said Mr. Tock. He hopes to see growth in the East Valley Independent papers and says this is the biggest circulated paper he has worked for.

“I look forward to working hand-in-hand with the staff already assembled in the East Valley to continue the tradition of producing strong community newspapers,” said Mr. Tock.

He is a past president of the ANA, and a former member of the National Newspaper Association’s Board of Directors. He is past president of the Show Low Rotary Club and has worked closely with a number of local chambers of commerce.

“Greg is well known and respected throughout our newspaper industry. He has a successful track record of not just consistently publishing quality local newspapers, but he’s also known for his passion and commitment to the communities he serves,” added Mr. McKeand.

Mr. and Mrs. Tock have three children, Joshua, 19; Molly, 26; and Nicholas, 29, and two grandchildren. Mrs. Tock is a teacher in Show Low.

Reach staff writer Melissa Fittro at mfittro@newszap.com

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