501 2nd Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Chris Edwards serves in a dual role as president of The Gazette, a daily newspaper in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and also as president of Fusionfarm, a full service digital advertising agency. The business units are part of holding company that is 100% ESOP and his teams are charged with diversifying revenue streams and developing new business models beyond traditional media approaches. He has worked with both the newspaper and in the broadcast space when the company owned KCRG-TV9, the ABC affiliate for eastern Iowa.
Chris has a background in technology sales and marketing management with companies in the telecom, wireless and data management sectors. His experience has been with a variety of companies, from large publicly traded companies such as Nextel where he was Area General Manager for Texas, to small start-ups such as Dynamic Broadband which provided wireless broadband to rural communities in Iowa.
Chris is a graduate of Drake University with a degree in broadcast journalism and serves on a number of state and national industry boards, as well as local charitable organizations in the Cedar Rapids area.
Mr. Edwards is a contributor to our 2017 Media Transformation Conference.