John Rumbach is co-publisher and editor of The Herald in Jasper, Indiana.
He joined the paper as a general assignment reporter in 1973. He got involved in photojournalism because the newspaper expected writers to take pictures. When he was named managing editor, he hired a full- time photojournalist and took up picture editing because there wasn't anyone else to do it.
Nine years later Rumbach won first place in POY in the Newspaper Picture Editing, Individual Portfolio category. He also won the award in 2000, 2001 and 2004. The National Press Photographers Association named him Editor of the Year in 1988.
The Herald, circulation 11,400, has gained a reputation for quality documentary community photojournalism and has won numerous awards for picture use in POYi and BOP. In 2004, it was awarded first in POYi for best use of pictures by newspapers under 100,000 circulation. In 2008 and this year, The Herald won best use of pictures for newspapers under 75,000 circulation in BOP. Also in 2008, The Herald, with a two-editor team, won the team picture editing award in BOP and won second in 2011.
Rumbach has been on the Kalish faculty since 1994 and served as director from 1998 to 2001. He serves on the national board of directors of the Associated Press Photo Managers and is past president of the Indiana Associated Press Photo Managers.
He and his wife, Susan, have four children. His son Justin is managing editor of The Herald.