Olaf Frandsen

Olaf Frandsen was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

Professional Experience

October 2002-Present, Regional Vice President/Freedom Communications Inc

Publisher, The Monitor

August 2009 – Present. Distinguished Lecturer/Adjunct Professor, University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas. Part-time professor of Media Law & Ethics, and Writing for Mass Media.

May 1996-October 2002:  Regional Vice President/Freedom Communications Inc.

Publisher, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, CA

Other assignments with Freedom Communications:

June 1993-May 1996, Publisher, Turlock (CA) Journal.

June 1986-June 1993, Editor, Odessa (TX) American

May 1985-June 1986, Political Editor, Orange County (CA) Register

May 1982-June 1986, News Editor, Managing Editor, Odessa American

Other professional experience:

March 1981-May 1982, Managing Editor, Williston (ND) Herald

Sept. 1979-March 1981, Editor, Sidney (Mont.) Herald

Jan. 1978-Sept. 1979, Managing Editor, Bisbee (AZ) Daily Review


University of Phoenix 2001, MBA

University of Arizona, 1987, BA Journalism, minors in English and Sociology

Stanford University Graduate School of Business, 2001, Certification in Leading Organizational Change

Stanford University Graduate School of Business, 1999, Certification in Leadership for the High Potential Manager

Honors of Significance

2006, Publisher of the Year, Freedom Communications Inc.

2001, Business Person of the Year, Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce, Marysville, CA

1987 Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography (As Editor of The Odessa American)

1987, Media Person of the Year, Heritage Foundation of Odessa


Summary of Community Involvement

Strategic Planning Facilitator

Have led strategic planning seminars for community organizations for 10 years, including the community membership of the City of Hidalgo, Texas, which ultimately led to the winning of All America City designation.

Previous Community Organization participation:

Board of Directors, McAllen Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors, Texas Daily Newspaper Association

Board of Directors, McAllen Medical Center

Board of Directors. United Way of South Texas

Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Finance Committee,  Fremont-Rideout Hospital Group, Yuba City, CA

President, Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation, Yuba City, CA

Board of Directors, Valley Vision, Sacramento, CA

Board of Directors, Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce, Yuba City, CA

Editorial Board, Comstock’s Business Magazine, Sacramento CA

President, Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Association

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