Hipschman will oversee all operations and has invested as a partner in the company, Ireland said.
Broad Beach Media publishes several print titles, including the North Central Florida Business Report, INsite Magazine, Welcome Magazine, the Gainesville Survival Guide, NaviGator, as well as three website.
Ireland, who will continue as the company’s president, says he and Hipschman met and became friends a year ago. “We hit it off and realized there was a lot of synergy in the way we think and eventually decided that working together would make the company stronger.”
Hipschman will help the company grow current products and expand into new areas, including digital ventures. He has more than 35 years of experience in publishing.
He was raised at the New Jersey shore at his family’s resort hotel, which was renowned for its Hungarian cuisine, and attended a school for chefs. He then worked as a reporter, bureau chief, copy editor and wire editor for newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before joining the San Francisco Chronicle.
He covered events surrounding the Tiananmen Square massacre from Beijing and has written about the refugee camps along the Thai-Cambodian border. He managed the Chronicle’s international news operations, including a Tokyo and Pacific Rim bureau, and more than 50 correspondents of the Chronicle Foreign Service. Before his promotion to foreign service editor he was responsible for staff and wire service coverage of the White House, Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court.
He left the Chronicle in 1990 for Montana, where he owned Kinesis, a nationally distributed literary magazine, and created Cyberland, the first newspaper column about the Internet.
He also served as editor of the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s only statewide newspaper, which in his tenure won national recognition for fighting hate crime and for its creation of InkLink—a newspaper-within-a-newspaper produced by the state’s students.
Hipschman was also director of publications at EAA, the 170,000-member recreational aviation organization in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where he spearheaded delivery of Web content, hired the association’s first multi-media journalists and managed its print magazines.
He has served as editor of the Fargo Forum, in Fargo, N.D., where he also taught journalism as an adjunct instructor at North Dakota State University and was on the board of the college’s Student Publications Department; city editor of the Marshfield Herald, a Gannett daily newspaper in Wisconsin; and as general manager of Calaveras First, which publishes newspapers in California’s Sierra foothills.
“We’re fortunate to have someone with David’s journalism and publishing experience, especially in electronic media, which is a key component of our plan to provide top journalism to a wider audience,” Ireland says. “We want to increase our contribution to the community’s conversation about important topics.”
Hipschman moved to Gainesville a year ago from Wisconsin, when his wife Dorrie was named executive director of the Cade Museum of Innovation and Invention. Their daughter Katie is a new Gator. They also have two sons: Robbie, an artist in Wisconsin; and William, a computer science graduate student in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Hipschman is a pilot and aircraft owner. His aviation activities include editing Mentor magazine for the National Association of Flight Instructors and writing a monthly column for Aviation Group Ltd., which publishes several flying magazines.
He was an elected member of the Waupaca County Board of Supervisors in Wisconsin, and served on the Wyoming Governor’s Law Enforcement Task Force and Economic Development Task Force and on the board of the Wyoming Press Association.
Hipschman has also been employed in film and live theater, and worked as a police detective, ambulance medic and firefighter, and owned a licensed private investigation company. His theater career has included screen credit as an assistant prop master, and he has worked as an IATSE stage manager, on-set dresser, assistant-to-the-director and stage carpenter.
He is a graduate of the College of New Jersey, the Wisconsin state investigator academy and the Wisconsin law enforcement recruit academy.
- He is the recipient of the following awards and honors:
- The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Award for Outstanding Newspaper Coverage.
- Wyoming Teachers’ Association School Bell for outstanding service to students.
- The National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s PASS Award.
- The Deming Cup for general newspaper excellence.
- The Wyoming Press Association’s Editorial Excellence Award.
- The Jefferson Fellowship at the East-West Center.