301 Broadway Street
P.O. Box 699
Cape Girardeau, MO 63702
Jon is co-president of Rust Communications and publisher of its flagship daily, Southeast Missourian. He is a former vice-chairman of the Associated Press, the world’s oldest and largest news gathering organization and a past chair of the Local Media Association. He currently serves as chair of the LMA Foundation board.
He is an honors graduate of Harvard Business School, where he was president of the Leadership & Ethics Forum, later hired as Dean’s Research Fellow to write cases on digital media companies. He received a Morehead Scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in Russian and English.
Jon has served on the boards of Certified Audit of Circulations, LocalPoint Media, Southeast Missouri State University Foundation, Missouri Division of Youth Services, Dance St. Louis, United Way of Southeast Missouri, the Cape Girardeau Civic Center, the Greater Cape Benevolent Society, and the Downtown Community Improvement District, among others.
He is a former editorial page editor, columnist, and reporter who has covered government in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Dr. Victoria Vygodskaia-Rust have four girls, all under 13 years old.
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