Chuck Kurtz is a lifelong resident of Olathe, Johnson County, Kan., where he has been a journalist for more than 40 years. He began his career with The Olathe Daily News while a junior at Olathe High School. He was with the newspaper 33 years working his way up from sports stringer, to photographer, to sports editor, to feature editor, managing editor, and editor before taking advantage of an early-buyout from Knight Ridder and the Kansas City Star in July 2001.
Since then, he worked for a year as a consultant with Olathe District Schools, ran for Johnson County Commissioner, was editor of The Gardner News and Spring Hill New Era for five years, briefly worked as Executive Director of the Creede/Mineral County Chamber of Commerce in Creede, Colo., and most recently was news editor and web editor for the Johnson County Sun for 3-1/2 years before its parent company, News Press Gazette in St. Joseph, Mo., abruptly closed the newspaper on Aug. 17, 2011.
During his career, Chuck has earned 22 first-place journalism awards, 14 from the Kansas Press Association, and eight from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a past member of the Olathe Optimist Club, the Olathe Noon Rotary Club, the Olathe Lions Club, the Gardner Lions Club, and the Johnson County Old Settlers Association. He is a Vietnam veteran, a member of the Olathe American Legion Post 153 and its American Legion (motorcycle) Riders, a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the Patriot Guard.
Chuck is married with four children and five grandchildren.