Josh O’Connor, President

As president of Sound Publishing, O’Connor is also the publisher of The Daily Herald (Everett) and oversees the company in its primary leadership role. O’Connor joined Sound’s parent company, Black Press Ltd., in 1998.

O’Connor has a marketing degree from Kwantlen University and an undergraduate degree in Executive Management from Thompson Rivers University. He enjoys the challenging dynamics of building successful community publications and coaches a commitment to delivering relevant, local news that directly affects the lives of those who raise families and work in the communities that Sound serves. He has sat on the board of Suburban Newspapers of America and is an active contributor to many community organizations throughout the Puget Sound area.

O’Connor married his high school sweetheart Erin and together they have two girls, Lauren and Mailie. They reside in Issaquah, WA.


Terry Ward, Vice President

Terry Ward is the current publisher of the Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles) and is responsible for Sound Publishing’s operations in Kitsap County, Whidbey Island, Aberdeen, WA and its properties in Juneau, Kenai and Homer, Alaska. Ward joined Sound Publishing as group publisher of the Olympic Peninsula News Group in September 2015 and was appointed regional publisher in April 2016, adding Sound classifieds and the Kitsap News Group to the list of publications he leads.

Ward was previously the CEO of KPC Media Group, a regional family-owned media company with 22 publications in Northeast Indiana.

Prior to his time at KPC Media Group, Ward was the director of sales and digital for GateHouse Media’s Community Newspaper Division where he worked in a leadership capacity with publishers, advertising directors, sales managers and their teams.

Ward takes Sound Publishing’s role as a community partner seriously and actively participates in community advancement serving as a board of director for organizations in several Western Washington communities.


Michael Gates, Controller

Mike is a CPA and comes to Sound with a well rounded experience in all facets of financial and accounting management. He has been the Controller with Pioneer Cable Contractors in Everett since 2008 and acted as the financial business partner to the owner and President of this privately held company.

Prior to Pioneer, he was the Senior Controller with Hertz Equipment Rental for 10 years, and was responsible for all accounting functions including analysis and reporting. With Hertz he worked within a centralized administrative staff overseeing 32 locations in WA and OR.

Mike and his wife, Michele, live in Snohomish with two sons, Evan, 18 and Logan, 15.


Larry Babcock, Director of Press OperationsLarry Babcock, Director of Press Operations

Larry D. Babcock, Director of Operations, has been with Sound Publishing since February 14, 1998. He manages the Everett Printing and Distribution Facility located at Paine Field, Everett for Sound Publishing, Inc. Larry is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the printing facility which runs 24 hours a day and the activities of approximately 85 Sound employees.

Larry has an Associates Degree in Heavy Equipment Mechanics from Olympia Technical College and qualified for the Dean’s list both years. He has taken Business and Accounting classes at North Seattle Community College over the years along with various on-line management courses.

Larry has over 34 years of experience in the printing industry. In the past, he has worked for Lee Enterprises, Capital Cities/ABC, Disney, and Lake Washington Printing,Redmond Print and Mail, before coming to Sound Publishing. He has designed three printing facilities – the last of which was for Sound Publishing. Larry was in charge of Sound’s printing consolidation in 2007 combining six different sites from Burlington to Kent, WA into a single print site at their current location in Everett, WA.

Larry has been married 29 years and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. He enjoys snow skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing.