“This was an extremely tough decision for both myself and our family,” said Rick Rogers, a St. Louis native who has called the four-state area home since 1994. “My tenure here at the Neosho Daily News has been the most rewarding experience of my career. I have had the pleasure to work in several communities in the four-state area, and Neosho welcomed me with open arms from the day I began as publisher in April 2005. I can’t express enough how welcomed we have felt in this community, and because of that it made this decision to leave that much harder for us. Each community I have worked in throughout by 17 years in Southwest Missouri has been a special place to work and be a part of."
“The success of the newspaper during my time here is because of the hard working and dedicated employees we have at the Daily News,” Rogers said. “The day I informed them of my decision to step down as publisher was one of the toughest days of my life. My staff here at the Daily News is like family to me. We have been through many battles — ice storms, a church shooting, a devastating tornado, the horror of a young girl’s life taken too soon and a blizzard that crippled our city — and each time big news hit our town, the staff at the Daily News rose to the occasion. I am so proud of what this team has accomplished in the past six years, and I will be even more proud as I watch them do more great things in the years that come.
“Again, I want to thank the readers of the Neosho Daily News for welcoming me into their homes through this newspaper and our digital products. I want to thank the businesses who have been wonderful working partners to help Neosho grow. I want to thank all of the hard-working citizens who strive to make a difference in this community every day. And I want to thank my employees — those who are working beside me today, and those who have worked with me in the past — for giving their heart and soul to producing a quality product for our readers to enjoy.”