Elizabeth (Betsy) Brenner a 30-year veteran of the newspaper industry was promoted to executive vice president Journal Communications Inc. and chief operating officer JCI Publishing Businesses in April 2006. She joined Journal Communications as vice president and president and publisher of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in January 2005.
Betsy oversees Wisconsin's largest newspaper its websites and a wide range of related businesses. The Journal Sentinel is owned by Milwaukee-based Journal Communications Inc.
The Journal Sentinel has a daily circulation of 236 000 and a Sunday circulation of 405 000. It is regularly ranked Number One or Two in the U.S. for overall readership. It also produces a variety of local websites including jsonline.com PackerInsider MilwaukeeNow.com MilwaukeeMarketplace.com MilwaukeeMoms.com and six local community sites. The company has over 1 300 employees.
In early 2006 Brenner became chief operating office of Journal Communications' publishing businesses and added responsibility for the company's community newspaper division including 90 titles in eight states.
Prior to coming to Milwaukee Brenner was president and publisher of The News Tribune in Tacoma WA and The SUN in Bremerton WA..
Brenner was born and raised in Bellevue Washington. She attended Northwestern University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism in 1976 and a Master's of Business Administration in 1978. She began her newspaper career as a city news reporter for The Chicago Tribune in 1977.
Brenner worked in several marketing management positions at The New York Times. She moved to The Miami Herald in a series of marketing advertising and circulation roles. In 1991 she was recruited by Scripps Howard to lead the ad department at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver during the height of that city's newspaper war.
She serves on the boards of The United Way of Greater Milwaukee; the Boys & Girls Club; and the Greater Milwaukee Committee. She represents newspaper interests on the Liaison Committee for the Audit Bureau of Circulations and the Marketing Committee of the Newspaper Association of America.
She is married to Steven Ostrofsky a retired writer and newspaper-industry consultant. They live in Delafield WI. with their two cats Gato and Fausto.