The Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association honored Jim Flood, founder and former publisher of the Dover Post, whose career has spanned more than 50 years.
Dover Post founder and publisher emeritus Jim Flood Sr. has been selected to be a part of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Newspaper Hall of Fame class for 2009. A former member of the association’s board, Flood’s journalism career spans more than half a century.
Flood started with The Baltimore Sun in 1952, working out of an office at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, Md. Part of his job was to ameliorate some of the bad feelings caused by H.L. Mencken’s commentaries, some of which were critical of the Eastern Shore.
He next worked for two years for the Cecil Whig as an editor before becoming bureau chief for The News Journal in Dover. In 1963, he took his only departure from journalism, working in Washington, D.C., for six years as the administrative assistant for U.S. Sen. Caleb Boggs of Delaware.
In 1969, Flood returned to newspapers, becoming the editor of the Delaware Coast Press in Rehoboth Beach, and was instrumental in expanding its operations, adding papers and a press in Selbyville.
In 1975, at the age of 47, Flood established the Dover Post, which had a rocky start but would eventually become the flagship of the Dover Post Company, which now includes 10 weekly papers throughout the state, plus a press operation that prints its own papers in addition to many others. The company employs approximately 175 people.
Besides his role as publisher emeritus, Flood writes a column, “From a Window Overlooking the St. Jones.” Beloved by many, Flood has penned the column for almost the entire 34 years of the Dover Post’s existence, never missing an issue, including writing one from the hospital while recovering from quadruple bypass surgery. He tried retiring the column shortly after his official retirement from the Post, but brought it back due to popular demand.
Until its sale in 2008, the company employed sons Don Flood as editor, Jim Flood Jr. as president, and daughter and son-in-law Mary and Fred Kaltreider as advertising coordinators. All seven of the Flood children worked for the company at one time or another.