Rick Outzen

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Rick Outzen
Born July 10, 1957
Occupation publisher, Independent News
Spouse Cathy Outzen
Children Cathryn Outzen
Tricia Outzen
Claney Outzen

Rick Outzen (1957[1] - ) is the publisher of the weekly Independent News and former Gulf Breeze City Council member.

Outzen grew up in Greenville, Miss. - a place, he once wrote [2], known for two things: "cotton and its daily newspaper." The young Outzen would later draw inspiration from Hodding Carter, II - the editor and publisher of Greenville's "Delta Democratic Times." Hodding was an intrepid opponent of segregation in the years following World War II.

Outzen graduated from the University of Missisippi in 1979 with a B.B.A.[citation needed] and moved to the Pensacola area in 1981.[3] He was elected to Seat C of the Gulf Breeze City Council in 1992 and served until 2006.[3]

In 1999 Outzen founded a weekly tabloid, the Independent, which merged with Joe Scarborough's competing paper, the Florida Sun, in 2001. The name of the paper changed briefly to the Independent Florida Sun before settling on its current name.

Outzen writes a weekly column for the Independent News called "Outtakes." He also authors a blog, called Rick's Blog, which published its first post on February 20, 2005,[4]. He hosted the IN Your Head Radio program on AM 1620 until Nov. 4, 2008[5].

He is married to the former Cathy Collins and has three daughters.

Outzen has served on various community boards including Junior Achievement, American Heart Association, Pensacola Sports Association, Fiesta of Five Flags and Pensacola Historical Society.[3]