Steve and Kathy Fairchild have had long careers in journalism, dating back to the 1970's. Steve began his work in newspapers in 1972, and Kathy started her career in 1977. They married when he was a newspaperman in Aurora, Missouri. They owned the Lawrence County Record from 1984 to 2012.
Both Steve and Kathy grew up in Southwest Missouri. Steven graduated from Aurora High School and Kathy graduated from Mt. Vernon High School. Their love and commitment to the Lawrence County Record was seen over the years. Their daughter, Virginia, and son, Brett, were both born between issues of the paper. Virginia went on to obtain a degree in Communications and worked at the newspaper.
Community involvement has been a key factor in the Fairchild's life. Steve has served as President of the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Apple Butter Makin' Days Festival. He currently serves as President of the Mt. Vernon Community Foundation. Kathy has been honored as Mt. Vernon Citizen of the Year. She chairs the Lawrence County Historical Society Museum.
Both Steve and Kathy have a strong interest in history. Steve has interviewed many World War II veterans. Kathy has focused on local history.
The Fairchilds sold the Lawrence County Record in 2012 to Ryan Squibb. The newspaper has been privately owned throughout its history.
Steve and Kathy Fairchild have made a lasting impact on regional media through their ownership of the Lawrence County Record and have contributed through their community involvement.