We experimented. We’ve concluded the experiment didn’t work as hoped. So, now, the Forest Park Review is going back to the tried-and-true model: a single editor and reporter focused exclusively on Forest Park.

Starting with the next issue – in print and at ForestParkReview.com – Katie Drews will be that person.

Katie, a reporter and editor with family members who grew up in the village, is a talented journalist who has worked most recently for two newsgathering Web sites in Chicago: ChicagoUnionNews.com and ChicagoCatholicNews.com. Some of her reporting work for those sites has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a graduate of Loyola University where she, not surprisingly, edited the school’s paper, The Phoenix.

Katie is stepping into the full-time position vacated in March when we reassigned Josh Adams to another of our newspapers.

Proud to hail, in part, from this particular Near West suburb, she’s ready to dig in and work. “My grandparents grew up in Forest Park and stayed there many years. My dad lived in Forest Park until he was 6,” Katie tells us.

Katie’s first day on the job is today: Wednesday, Aug. 18. Don’t delay in reaching her with story ideas, complaints and compliments. Katie’s direct line is 708-613-3325. Her e-mail address is kdrews@wjinc.com.

Helen shifts to part-time role

In March, we asked Helen Karakoudas Redfern, our newspaper group’s managing editor and then a Forest Park resident, to take on, in addition to duties for five other papers, some reporting for the Review and direct oversight of a dedicated band of freelance reporters.

Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, the focus on all things Forest Park wavered. That wasn’t acceptable to us. Blinking isn’t what got the Review to be, according to the Illinois Press Association, the top-ranked small-circulation weekly in the state for two years running.

At Helen’s request, we’ve made the full-time hire for the Review and she, for family reasons, is scaling back her hours to the new role of special sections editor. In this part-time position, Helen will oversee work on the more than 20 guides and supplements that our news department produces every year.

You’ll still be able to reach Helen at 708-613-6307 and at helenk@wjinc.com.

Reach me as needed

As of now, our focus is resharpened, our attention to Forest Park news, features and people renewed.

As always, get a hold of me directly with your thoughts and concerns about our coverage. You can call me at 708-613-3301 or e-mail me at dhaley@wjinc.com.

Thanks for being readers of The Review.

Dan Haley
Publisher

Congrats, Josh

We have good news to report about Josh Adams, the Review’s former editor, who, because of a family move to Nashville, Tenn., left our company shortly after his reassignment.

The Tennessean, Nashville’s daily newspaper, has hired Josh as the government reporter in its Williamson County bureau. You can follow Josh’s work online at www.tennessean.com.