Bucher named Freeman business editor
Waukesha native excited to cover business news, big and small

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

July 30, 2016

Chris Bucher

WAUKESHA - During his first week in the position, Business Editor Chris Bucher has covered manufacturing, a new restaurant opening, the municipal approval process and criminal activity of one business owner. In other words, he has embraced the beat and delved right into it.

“There’s always so much going on in Waukesha; it’s a thriving community that’s always changing every day. From the small businesses that make up the downtown area to corporations that surround it, there’s an emotional appeal to all of them. So many businesses in the area have been an important part of our Waukesha community and I can’t wait to help you learn more about them and how they impact our great city,” he said.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2014 with a degree in journalism and an emphasis in public relations.

Following graduation, Bucher got a job at the Daily News in West Bend, The Freeman’s sister paper, as a sports reporter. After nine months there, he started as the assistant sports editor at The Freeman.

As a Waukesha native, Bucher is curious about what is happening in the community he calls home. For instance, he wanted to see what kind of impact the new Kwik Trip on Golf Road would have on the Mobil gas station nearby once it opened, and what the overall growth plan is for the Wisconsin-based gas and convenience store company.

“I’ve had a longstanding interest in business since I was in high school at Waukesha North taking business classes. Initially, I wanted to go into marketing and always have had an interest in business happenings both locally and nationally,” Bucher said.

Along with his deep knowledge of the community, Bucher brings with him a sense of energy and optimism. He is a hard worker who wants to make sure Freeman readers are kept in the know.

“I’m very excited to move over to the news side as the business editor. I’ve always remained knowledgeable about business happenings around the area and nationally — even when sports consumed most of my workdays — and I look forward to continue bringing the most important business news in Waukesha County to your local newspaper every day,” Bucher said. “I’ve learned a lot of different things so far in my career and have a vested interest in continuing to grow as an editor.”

If you have a business story idea, you can reach Bucher at cbucher@conleynet.com.