Newspaper boss wraps up 50-year career
LONG-SERVING APN executive and former Sunshine Coast Daily editor-in-chief Peter Owen has announced his retirement.
Mr Owen served as Sunshine Coast Daily editor-in-chief from 1990 to 2004 before becoming executive editor APN Australia - a role that saw him oversee 14 regional daily and 60 non-daily newspapers.
His 50-year career in journalism also spanned stints as editor of The Star in Hong Kong - a position he secured at the age of 24, editor-in-chief of Rural Press Queensland, Queensland Times editor from 1975 to 1981, and editor and general manager of Queensland Country Life.
Mr Owen's contribution to journalism was recognised by Queensland's JSchool in 2008 and by the University of the Sunshine Coast, which made him an Honorary Senior Fellow.
Much-loved by all he has worked with, he has served as a mentor to generations of journalists who have gone on to work in senior roles in newspapers across the globe.
Mr Owen has been the driving force behind journalist development within APN for the past 11 years, drawing on all facets of his experience to improve quality and operating systems during a period of dynamic change in technology and markets.
A fearless editor with a strong sense of fairness and balance, he will continue to consult to APN on specific staff training and development matters.
Mr Owen is a former industry member of the Australian Press Council.
He also served on the board of the Queensland Events Corporation for 14 years from 1996 to 2009, chairing the Queensland Events Regional Development Program from its inception in 2001 until 2009.
It was a period that nurtured the significant role special events now play in Sunshine Coast and Queensland tourism.
In the past quarter-century, Mr Owen has lived on the Sunshine Coast with his wife Janelle, raising a family of three boys.