Scott W. Angus is former editor of The Gazette and vice president of news for Bliss Communications in Janesville, Wisconsin. He led a newsroom of 30 journalists, and he worked with journalists at Bliss’ other newspaper, radio and Internet properties as a trainer and consultant. Angus retired from The Gazette in March 2015, and he now works part time as editorial director for Bedford Falls Communications in Watertown, Wisconsin. Bedford Falls publishes trade magazines.
Angus is a Fort Atkinson native whose father was editor of the Daily Jefferson County Union for nearly 40 years. He graduated from UW-Madison’s journalism school in 1978 and started as a reporter at The Janesville Gazette. He was promoted to city editor, news editor and managing editor before being named editor in 1990. He was named vice president at Bliss in 2005.
Under Angus’ leadership, The Gazette earned a reputation as one of the country’s leading newspapers. In 2004, Angus led a redesign that produced an innovative format intended to be easier to read and to have greater appeal to light readers. Inland Press Association selected the redesign as one of the year’s top 10 newspaper innovations, while Editor & Publisher selected the paper as one of “Ten That Do It Right.”
The Gazette was named Wisconsin’s best newspaper in its circulation in 2000, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Angus was elected to the Associated Press Managing Editors Board of Directors in 2001 and was re-elected in 2004. He served as chairman of APME’s Readership Committee from 2003 to 2006 and chairman of APME’s Innovation Committee in 2006 and 2007. He also served as president of the Wisconsin AP Editors Association in 2000 and was on the group’s executive committee for 18 years.
Angus lives in Janesville with his wife, Gail. The couple have three adult sons.