Nebraska Authors

Joe R. Seacrest

Born Lincoln, NE (USA)

Died 1995-03-28
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Lincoln, NE (USA)

Joe R. Seacrest's grandfather, J.C. Seacrest became publisher of the Nebraska State Journal in 1892. His two sons Fred and Joe W. succeeded him as publishers and they consolidated with the Lincoln Star in 1950. Their sons Joe R. and Mark T. were publishers until the paper was sold in 1995 to Lee Enterprises. Joe R. Seacrest trained in law and journalism and was a notable local defender of open government records, a successful promoter of open meetings laws, and a leader in state and local efforts to protect the right of reporters to cover court proceedings. 1984 Nebraska Press Association Award for efforts to protect the public's right to know.

See other notable Nebraska journalists with significant local influence: Elia Peattie, Thomas Henry Tibbles, James Lawrence, Charles Ryckman

Places Lived


Author Of

  • Journalism




Phillips Exeter Academy, cum laude, 1938
Yale University, 1942 (where he served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News)
JD, 1949, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE



Places Worked

Lincoln Journal-Star


“150 Notable Nebraskans”, Number 120 on the Journal Star Sesquicentennial List of Significant Nebraskans
1984 Nebraska Press Association Master Editor-Publisher Award


University of Nebraska Foundation

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