Daily News staffers receive promotions

By Darrin Clark • Last Updated 5:56 pm on Saturday, January 28, 2012

Ryan Schlehuber

GREENVILLE — A pair of Daily News staff members are receiving promotions on Monday.

Elisabeth Waldon has accepted the position of news editor. In her new role, she will manage the reporting staff, scheduling and story assignments.

Waldon also has been named editor of the Carson City Gazette — her second stint in that role.

Ryan Schlehuber has accepted the new position of features editor, which will include supervising a features writer and providing more support in the production of The Daily News beyond the special section content he currently produces.

“We couldn’t ask for a pair of more dedicated and talented journalists on our team,” Managing Editor Darrin Clark said. “They’ve been leaders by example for years so this should be a smooth transition to official leadership roles.”

The promotions come in the wake of Ryan Jeltema’s resignation as news editor and Gazette editor earlier this week.

Waldon, a Howard City native, started working for The Daily News as an intern in 2001 and was hired full-time in 2002 as Carson City Gazette editor and a staff writer.

She most recently was a staff writer covering northern Montcalm County, courts and county government. Waldon will continue reporting in her new position.

Elisabeth Waldon

“The Daily News has been my second home for more than a decade,” she said. “I look forward to taking on the challenge of news editor duties, as well as continuing to report on happenings in Montcalm County and surrounding areas.”

Waldon is excited to continue growing The Daily News’ presence on new platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook and an evolving www.thedailynews.cc.

“Here in the newsroom, we strive to create an excellent product every day to provide our readers with the best local news coverage possible,” she said. “We are in a new age where taking advantage of the Internet and social media outlets is crucial to staying competitive in the supply and demand of news. However, The Daily News will always focus first and foremost on providing accurate, relevant, quality news to you, our readers, and telling your stories. We are your newspaper and we want to include you in our process.”

Waldon has received two first place and three second place awards for reporting from the Associated Press. The Michigan Press Association also awarded her a third place award for best local columnist and an honorable mention for best news story.

Daily News Publisher Julie Stafford said Waldon is a good fit for leading the paper’s local news efforts.
“Elisabeth is a natural choice for news editor as a longtime reporter covering a wide variety of issues in our area,” Stafford said. “She grew up here — in Howard City — so she knows what makes us tick.”

Schlehuber joined The Daily News staff in 2009 as the special sections editor.

“It has been a pleasure experiencing, learning and writing about Montcalm County and the greater West Michigan area,” Schlehuber said. “I’m excited to continue that as the features manager for Stafford Media Solutions.”

He will continue to manage a variety of weekly and monthly publications produced by Stafford Media Solutions, including The Buzz, Revved Up, Young at Heart and S.H.E.

“We have a solid editorial and marketing team and, with revamped designs of some of our existing special sections and with some news coming up, I’m excited to take on this new role and show the world how great and interesting our communities are,” Schlehuber said.

Stafford is excited to expand Schlehuber’s role in the newsroom after he has proven his skills telling stories of special people in the area.

“As we work to expand our special sections with more locally focused, lifestyle oriented stories, it made sense to promote Ryan into our newly created features editor position,” she said. “Ryan’s passion for meeting new people, telling a good story and designing a good-looking product make him the perfect choice.”

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