Kearney Hub
Kearney Hub Nov 1 2007.gif
November 1, 2007 front page of the Kearney Hub
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Lee Enterprises
PublisherShon Barenklau, since 2018
Headquarters13 East 22nd Street, P.O. Box 1988, Kearney, NE 68848
OCLC number33363671

The Kearney Hub is a daily newspaper published in Kearney, Nebraska, United States, and is the primary newspaper for south-central region of Nebraska surrounding the city, including Buffalo County, Nebraska and the Kearney Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Mentor A. Brown, founder of the paper
Mentor A. Brown, founder of the paper

The paper was founded in 1888, and was first published on October 22, 1888.[2][3] Its founders included Mentor A. Brown (1853-1932), formerly of the Beatrice Press, and R.H. Eaton, who together organized the Hub Printing Company to publish the paper and to take over the Central Nebraska Press which dated from 1873.[4][5] The name "Hub" was chosen because the town was considered the "hub" of the continent, located 1733 miles from both Boston and San Francisco.[4]

Mentor's son Hugh Brown took over the paper after his death in 1932.[6] The subsequent leaders of the paper have been Ormond Hill, Robert S. Ayres, Daryl Hall, Steve Chatelain, and Julie Speirs.[6] Speirs was named publisher and president in 2012, having previously served as vice president and general manager.[7]

The Omaha World-Herald Co. purchased the Hub in 1984. Berkshire Hathaway purchased the World-Herald and its subsidiaries in 2011, the purchase serving as the foundation for its BH Media Group. Lee Enterprises purchased the paper in 2020.


  1. ^ Kearney Hub,, Retrieved June 12, 2017
  2. ^ About Us Archived 2013-01-27 at,, Retrieved November 10, 2010
  3. ^ (29 October 2007) Kearney Hub Spokes in Time, Kearney Hub, Retrieved November 10, 2010
  4. ^ a b Bassett, Samuel Clay. Buffalo County, Nebraska, and its people, Volume 1, p.180-81 (1916)
  5. ^ Watkins, Albert. History of Nebraska, Vol. 3, p.567 (1913)
  6. ^ a b (28 March 2008) This Week in History - Spokes in Time, 1930s, Kearney Hub, Retrieved November 10, 2010
  7. ^ "Speirs replacing Chatelain at Hub's helm".