Within minutes of meeting John Garrett (pictured at top), three things become clear: 1) he's a man on a mission; 2) he's heavily influenced by his parents, and 3), he's strongly guided by his moral compass. Garrett is the co-founder (along with his wife, Jennifer) and CEO of Community Impact -- now the largest news organization in Texas and among the most widely distributed print publishers in the country with 36 editions and a 2.5 million circulation. Despite the newspaper industry's many challenges, the Garretts somehow cracked the code on a highly successful, and still growing, newspaper business model. Krista Van Lewen recently spoke with Garrett to learn more about how he and his team have beaten the odds. This is the first of a two-part series on Garrett and his business.
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