Appen Media Group is a family owned news media company located in the Northern suburbs of Atlanta. The company was founded in 1990 by Ray and Christina Appen - two veteran newspaper executives - both formerly with Knight-Ridder/The Miami Herald and continues to be run by both Appens and second generation Appen and General Manager Hans Appen.
The company began with a core focus on professionally produced local journalism - local news ranging from government, schools, business and crime, to lifestyle news reporting and features. Today the mission remains the same - the creation and professional production of credible, unbiased, and timely community journalism disseminated in a wide spectrum of print and digital formats.
The Appen Media Group product portfolio includes a core of four weekly HERALD newspapers with a combined home-delivered circulation of 75,000 copies distributed in the most affluent region of Georgia, including the affluent Atlanta suburbs of Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, Milton, and South Forsyth County. Appen Media Group provides a competitive advantage over all other competing print and digital media in the region in terms of market penetration, community trust, and brand awareness. The brand is anchored in the trust and partnership with the communities it serves.
Today, Appen Media Group assets include local newspapers, lifestyle magazines, websites, a network of podcasts, community guides, community events, event management, newsletters, custom publications, video content management and production, and full service brand development/creative design and production.
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Ray began his media career at the Miami Herald and the Suburban Journals in St. Louis. He has an undergraduate and graduate degree from Florida State University as well as prior experience in the shipping business in Chile. His passion includes writing, reading, tennis and hiking. In 2016 he successfully hiked the Appalachian Trail and continues to pursue long distance hiking adventures.
Florida State University
Christina has been involved in the newspaper / media business now for over 40 years, beginning in middle school with her part time job with the Springfield Ohio News & Sun then with the Indiana Daily Student during her college days at Indiana University, and following up at The Miami Herald/Knight Ridder where she worked in the Advertising Department and also Human Resources (as Employment Manager). News, reading, and her involvement in Alpharetta Presbyterian Church are just a few of her passions. Along the way, Ray and Christina were Foster Parents for many years. Christina holds an undergraduate degree from IU and an MBA from Nova University.
Hans joined Appen Media Group in 2010 and took over all operations in 2013 as its General Manager.
Additionally, Hans oversees operations for all of Appen Media Group’s print publications, as well as NorthFulton.com, NorthsideWoman.com, ForsythHerald.com, BlackBoxDocs.com and its social media platforms. Recently, Hans helped launched the Appen Podcast Network which hosts 8 different niche shows.
In January of 2017 Hans launched the investigative journalism arm of Appen Media called Black Box Investigations. Modeled off of the Boston Herald’s Spotlight team, Black Box takes deep dives into local issues like wage discrimination in the workforce, government misuse of finance, and transparency in open government and operations. The projects and articles produced have won numerous regional and national awards and Hans won the 2018 David E. Hudson Open Government award for his contributions.
Outside of his work with Appen Media Group, in 2013 Hans founded and would go on to lead the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce for 3 years. During his tenure he led the startup chamber to over 400 members, a budget of $150,000 annually, a staff of 5 and over 150 events a year.
University of Georgia
B.B.A, Economics, 2011
Activities & Affiliations
• Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
• Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
• Georgia Ensemble Theatre Board of Trustees
• Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA Board of Directors
• North Fulton Community Charities Advisory Board
• Rotary Club of Alpharetta member