Oelwein Has a New Publisher

Tracy cummings oelwein
Tracy Cummings has been appointed Group Publisher to lead Community Media Group teams at the Oelwein Daily Register, area publications and websites, effective June 1. Other publications she will lead include the Independence Bulletin Journal, The Waverly Newspapers, The Vinton Newspapers, related shopper publications and websites.

Cummings brings extensive expertise and experience in sales, advertising and marketing, along with her knowledge of the publications and the area to her new role. She started with the company in 1999 as a sales rep and was later promoted to sales manager. Current Publisher, Deb Weigel, retired on June 1, but will stay on as a consultant part-time to help with the transition.

"Tracy's extensive background and connection to these markets provides a vision and a plan to draw on each publication's rich legacy for continued success," said CMG President and CEO Jody Perrotto. "We are excited to see where she will lead her group and the publications in her new position."

"I have enjoyed working with my customers over the past several years and look forward to the next chapter as the group publisher," Cummings said. "Deb Weigel has provided me with extensive training throughout her time here. Therefore, I feel I am prepared for the new challenge. I am fortunate to have been able to learn from someone who has so much experience and knowledge in the newspaper business. I will definitely miss her but am surrounded by a wonderful group of employees in our Oelwein, Independence, Waverly and Vinton offices who will be great support as I transition into my new position.

"It takes all the employees working together to make our products successful," Cummings said. Tracy has been married for 21 years to her husband, Ryan Cummings. They have a daughter, Olivia, who will be a senior at Iowa State University. Tracy's stepdaughter, Paige, lives in Utah with her husband Bonner and daughter Remi. Tracy enjoys spending time with family and friends.