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Oravec named publisher of Town&Gown

on December 31, 2018 1:35 PM

Bernard A. Oravec has been named publisher of Town & Gown magazine. 

Town & Gown is one of the finest lifestyles magazines in America,” Oravec says. “I look forward to continuing the legacy of interesting storytelling, entertainment, and community engagement.”

A graduate of Greater Johnstown Central High School and Penn State University, Oravec returned to the State College area after serving nearly 12 years as advertising account executive and special projects manager at the Daily American newspaper in Somerset, joining the Centre Daily Times in 2004 as special publications advertising manager. Later that year, he accepted the advertising director position at the Lewistown Sentinel, where he served until promoted to advertising director at the Altoona Mirror in 2008

“During this period, I had the opportunity to visit and serve the Centre County business and nonprofit community as a representative of these newspapers, as well as the Lock Haven Express and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, in the capacity of advertising director of Central PA Newspapers,” Oravec says.  

Oravec was named publisher of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette on January 1, 2009. Over the past 10 years, he has been a vocal advocate and lobbyist on behalf of First Amendment protection, the public’s right-to know, open records, and greater government transparency in Pennsylvania. He has provided testimony before multiple state House and Senate committees on the issues. In 2013, he launched West Branch Life Magazine, and he has served as publisher of the Muncy Luminary and the East Lycoming Shopper & News.

A State College area resident since 2004, Oravec and his wife, Diane, reside in Houserville. Diane is a high school French and Spanish language teacher. They share their home with three rescue cats.

“My wife and I love the Centre region. We are very happy to be part of this vibrant and welcoming community.” Oravec says.

Oravec is a member of The State Theatre, Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society, and the Penn State Alumni Association. He is also a drummer and percussionist.

Town & Gown focuses on the good that our community has to offer.” Oravec says. “Our community is special and my focus will be to promote and grow the reputation of Centre County as a great place to work and live.”





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