Longtime Cassville Democrat editor to be inducted into Regional Media Hall of Fame

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Bob Mitchell

Ceremony set for next week at Missouri Southern

A longtime editor and publisher of the Cassville Democrat will be inducted into the Missouri Southern State University Department of Communication’s Regional Media Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 6.

The Hall of Fame honors media professionals from throughout the region for outstanding careers in print and broadcast communications. 

Mitchell said he was surprised to learn about the honor.

“Needless to say, I’m impressed,” he said. “I never had given a thought that it would happen. I think it’s recognition for Cassville to be included in that group, and it’s a recognition from Missouri Southern that there’s something going on in Cassville that we deserve this.”

Mitchell’s family started the Cassville Democrat in 1871. Mitchell got his start in journalism in the Navy, where he served from 1949-53, attending the Navy School of Journalism. 

After leaving the Navy, Mitchell began his career at the Cassville Democrat, where he served until selling the newspaper in 1995. Though retired, he continues to write a weekly column for the newspaper.

Mitchell was chairman of the Industrial Development Corporation for 16 years, and helped facilitate construction of the Cassville Golf Course. He was also active in the Chamber of Commerce and the Cassville Rotary Club.  

“For numerous years, Bob Mitchell was the Cassville Democrat,” said Jacob Brower, the newspaper’s publisher. “He continued to adapt with the times and made sure to put out a high-quality product, and the fruits of his hard work and dedication are still enjoyed to this day.

“This is a great honor for Bob, the newspaper, and the entire Cassville and Barry County community.” 

Other honorees are longtime Joplin-area broadcasters Bob Capps and the late Ron Robson Sr.  

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