Ryczek new editor for NEW Media publications

Former reporter eager to return to local journalism

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Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Carol Ryczek is the new editor-in-chief for The Shawano Leader, along with its sister publications, the Oconto County Times Herald and the Wittenberg Enterprise/Birnamwood News. She took charge of the local newsrooms earlier this week.

A new editor-in-chief has been named for The Shawano Leader, Oconto County Times Herald and Wittenberg Enterprise/Birnamwood News, Greg Mellis, NEW Media Inc. president, announced.

Carol Ryczek, a former Leader reporter and photo editor, has been named editor-in-chief of the three publications, Mellis said.

Warren Bluhm will remain news editor in Oconto Falls. Miriam Nelson will remain news editor in Wittenberg.

Ryczek has remained connected to the Shawano community since leaving the Leader, Mellis said. She will bring her interest in local issues and passion for local journalism to her new position, he added.

“Carol has both local connections and a strong sense of what a community newspaper can and should do,” Mellis said. “This fits well with the vision we have for NEW Media.”

Prior to accepting the editor position, Ryczek worked in communications and volunteer services for ThedaCare, a Wisconsin healthcare system that includes a medical center in Shawano. She is a member of the Shawano Farmers Market Board.

“I’m grateful to be back in Shawano doing work that I love,” Ryczek said. “I’m looking forward to working with all three well-established papers.”

Ryczek and her husband live north of Shawano. Their son, a 2002 Shawano Community High School graduate, lives in Colorado.