Newsroom Named in Honor of Late Frank Wood, Publisher of Green Bay News Chronicle

Through generous recognition by The Press Times and Multi Media Channels, UW-Green Bay’s new space for media production has been named the Frank Wood Media Newsroom in honor of the late Frank Wood, publisher of the Green Bay News Chronicle. The space is located the center of media production rooms on the campus, and features collaborative work spaces, individual recording room and webcast and streaming spaces.

With the naming, the Wood family sought to recognize Frank Wood’s legacy as publisher of Brown County Publishing, the Green Bay News-Chronicle, and other weekly papers in the area and celebrate the ongoing tradition of media and publishing through the company Multi Media Channels, which owns the Press Times, a weekly newspaper circulating in Brown County, Wis.

“No doubt Frank would be beaming with heartfelt pride and joy if he was here with us in-person today, and say ‘good going, and carry on!’ To which I’d say, ‘we shall!'” Wood’s son Chris said at a dedication ceremony in September.

Chris Wood
Chris Wood speaks about his father Frank Wood’s impact on news and publishing in Green Bay during a recognition event at UW-Green Bay’s new media spaces in September 2022.

The honor for Frank Wood is one of several individuals as well as organizations recognized for their support of programming in the new $5.7 million Technology, Engineering, Arts and Media (TEAM) Laboratories — formerly Information Sciences (IS). The 13,300-square-foot space houses student-run media and entertainment facilities, as well as engineering and physics labs. Complete in fall 2022, the spaces will be in full use for the Spring 2023 semester.

Frank Wood made headlines for a spirited battle as publisher of the Green Bay News Chronicle with Gannett Co. In 1976, he bought a share of the Green Bay Daily News and merged it with a publication he was already running, the Brown County Chronicle. He fought to keep the community a two-newspaper town, finally selling to the conglomerate in 2004. Wood, a member of the Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame, also taught courses at St. Norbert College. Wood and his wife, Agnes, has seven living children, Patrick, Christopher, Michael, Dan, Rebecca, Tom and Megan, and several, including Patrick, carry on Wood’s legacy in the publishing industry.

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Rebecca Wood, Chris Wood, Megan Wood Bolin
Several of Frank Wood’s children including Rebecca Wood (from left), Chris Wood and Rebecca Wood Bolin helped to dedicate the Frank Wood Media Newsroom at UW-Green Bay in September 2022.

UW-Green Bay, absent since 2016. This space will serve as the conduit for the University’s student run media, serving as a working space where students collaborate and map out plans for adding unique programming to our local community, including news, broadcast scripts, music programming, podcasts, TV and film brainstorming, and more. This space also will host a variety of classes from the Communications, Marketing and other fields of study.

Support for this space will allow the University to develop its journalism offerings, including digital publishing of the Fourth Estate, and support opportunities for students to learn and grow the field of journalism with emerging technologies.

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