Kim N. Price, 56, owner and president of Price Publications Inc., passed away Monday afternoon at his home in Alexander City. Price was publisher and editor of Covey Rise magazine, which he established in 2002 with his brother Tim Price.
A veteran newsman, he was president and publisher of The Wetumpka Herald, which was purchased by PPI in May 2003. Under his guidance, a second weekly edition of the Herald – The Elmore County Weekend – was added in December 2005.
A 1972 graduate of Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, he graduated from The University of Alabama in 1976. He began his journalism career while still in high school, working for The Alexander City Outlook. Price worked for the Associated Press from 1978-1990 as a newsman, legislative correspondent and marketing executive in Birmingham, Omaha, Boise and Dallas.
From 1990-2001 he was president, publisher and editor of The Shelby County Reporter in Columbiana, Ala. He was president, publisher and editor of The Alexander City Outlook from 2001-2003, immediately before purchasing The Herald. PPI acquired The Eclectic Observer in January 2006 and The Tallassee Tribune in June 2009. Other publications of the company include Gallery of Homes real estate magazine (2008) and Elmore County Living magazine (2008).
During his career, Price was involved in numerous professional and civic groups. He was past chairman and president of the Alabama Press Association and won numerous press association awards.
Price was also very active in environmental and wildlife issues. In 2005, he was awarded the Conservation Communicator of the Year Award by the Alabama Wildlife Federation. In 2010, he was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in Hunting and Fishing by Outdoor Life.
Price is survived by his wife, Janet Valentine Price, and his children, Matthew Price, Griffin Price, Whitney Clanton and Chase Clanton.
Staff of Covey Rise