Ted Kramer became a licensed Realtor in Oregon in May 2012 after working 34 years in the newspaper industry as a reporter, editor and publisher. He joined the team at John J. Howard & Associates in La Grande immediately upon earning his license.
“I’d known John Howard a long time and respected his knowledge, integrity and ethics, which I believed would extend through the business. Having integrity, being ethical, those are important to me. I had watched the firm grow and was excited to join the team,’’ Ted said.
Ted is happy to work with clients whether their needs are residential, farm and ranch, or commercial/industrial. “I chose this as my second career because I like working with people,’’ Ted said.
Ted is an Oregon native who grew up on the west side, but he has strong family ties to Northeast Oregon. His mother’s family settled in Eagle Valley in the 1870s. His grandparents moved to La Grande in the 1940s and he spent a lot of time here as a child. He moved to La Grande in the 1970s to attend Eastern Oregon University (then State College).
In 1977 he hired on a sports editor of The Observer newspaper in La Grande. He was made news editor in 1980, and in 1982 he was named editor of another Western Communications Inc., newspaper, The Redmond Spokesman. He served in that position until 1995 when he returned to The Observer as managing editor. He later became editor and then editor/publisher. He resigned from The Observer in 2011.
“The newspaper industry was changing in ways I didn’t like, so it was time for a new career,’’ Ted said. “It’s worked out well. I’ve enjoyed the challenge of learning a new career, and it’s given me an opportunity to meet and work with a lot of different people.”
Ted is involved in several nonprofit organizations in Union County including United Way, the annual CAN food drive, Liberty Theatre Foundation and the Fireworks Action Committee. Ted and his wife Karyl, the graphic designer at EOU, have two grown children and five grandchildren. Ted and Karyl live in La Grande.