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  • The State Journal-Register (Ill.) names new executive editor

  • Bob Heisse, executive editor and vice president of the Centre Daily Times of State College, Pa., has been named executive editor of The State Journal-Register.

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  • Bob Heisse, executive editor and vice president of the Centre Daily Times of State College, Pa., has been named executive editor of The State Journal-Register.
    As editor of the SJ-R, Heisse will also oversee the news operation at the Lincoln Courier.
    Heisse has been editor of the Centre Daily Times for 10 years. During his time there, the newspaper won a number of awards, including continuing a run of Keystone Sweepstakes awards as best in class in Pennsylvania for 14 consecutive years.
    “Bob has a solid record of quality journalism and community engagement, and I am looking forward to him joining our award-winning staff in continuing that excellence here in Springfield,” said SJ-R publisher Walt Lafferty.
    As recently as 2011, the Centre Daily Times received recognition for investigative reporting, business coverage, sports coverage and front-page design. And just last week, Heisse and his staff in State College were honored with McClatchy’s President’s Award for their coverage of the Penn State scandal involving accusations of child sex abuse by a former assistant football coach.
    Heisse, who has been active in a number of news organizations throughout his career, currently is president of the Associated Press Media Editors. He is also past president of the Pennsylvania Society of Editors.
    Heisse is an advocate of online and digital content, having led a Knight-Ridder Editors online task force when Knight-Ridder still owned the Centre Daily Times. For his work on the Web for the paper, he earned the 2007 John Fisher Internet Vision award, presented by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
    Prior to his position in State College, Heisse was the city editor of the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., the state capital of Pennsylvania. He spent nearly 18 years at the state capital newspaper. He started his career at the Bucks County Courier Times, in the suburbs of Philadelphia, as a reporter, copy editor and night editor.
    Heisse will start his new position in Springfield the first week in March.

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