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Donald J. Wilson
209 North Main Street, Kokomo, Indiana 46901 USA
The Kokomo Perspective is a broadsheet weekly newspaper serving Kokomo, Indiana, established in 1989, with almost exclusively local content.
The Perspective is distributed for free every Wednesday, and beats the local daily newspaper, the Kokomo Tribune in Monday through Saturday, and Sunday alone, circulation. The weekly paper tends to lean toward a union-friendly worldview, as Kokomo is a heavily unionized city, with Chrysler and Delphi Automotive Systems being the largest employers. However, the paper carries columns from a wide range of viewpoints in the community, some of which are very conservative and at times hostile to the publication itself. The paper also routinely publishes public vitals, providing unsolicited information about citizens’ court happenings and arrests, which raises privacy and ethical concerns to citizens living their lives in Kokomo.
The paper is often criticized as being liberal, because of the paper’s strong support of organized labor.The owner and publisher of the paper, Donald “Donnie” Wilson, was arrested for illegal gambling in a sting by the local prosecutor, Jim Fleming, who Wilson believes held a grudge against him for negative press coverage. All the charges against Wilson were later dropped.
One of the publication’s overriding goals is to foster public awareness of the political process and to mobilize the citizens of Howard County, of which Kokomo is the county seat, to participate in electing local officials.
The Perspective office is located in downtown Kokomo at 209 N. Main.
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