Midlands Business Journal founder Hoig dies at 86
Bob Hoig, who launched the Omaha-based Midlands Business Journal in 1975, died Monday at the age of 86.
Michael Kelly of The Omaha World-Herald writes, “He later wrote for the Lincoln Journal, the Miami Daily News and United Press International before joining The World-Herald in 1969, covering crime and corruption. He also wrote of lax security procedures for sex offenders at the then-Nebraska State Hospital in Lincoln, which led to changes in state law.
“In 1972 he became editor of the Douglas County Gazette, and in 1975 he founded the Midlands Business Journal.
“He also started other publications, including the Lincoln Business Journal. And in 1996, he sold the Metro magazine to daughter Andee, who still publishes it every other month, covering Omaha philanthropic, cultural and nonprofit activities.
“‘I kind of caught the bug from him,’ she said. ‘I learned so much about the publishing business indirectly from him.'”
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