Quick Contact Info

Address: 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone: 708 -366-0600
Circulation: Jill Wagner at jill@oakpark.com
Advertising Inquiries: Marc Stopeck at marc@oakpark.com

Dan Haley

Editor & Publisher
Growing Community Media Publisher

Dan was one of the three founders of Wednesday Journal in 1980. He’s still here as its five flags –
Wednesday Journal, Austin Weekly News, Forest Park Review, Village Free Press and Riverside-Brookfield Landmark – make the switch to the nonprofit model of Growing Community Media. He sees independent community journalism as the glue that makes a neighborhood vital.


Michael Romain

Director of dei, austin weekly news & village free press editor

Michael Romain started his own news blog called the Village Free Press in 2013. A few years later, the blog caught the attention of Jean Lotus, a former editor with Growing Community Media, who took him out for coffee at a local Starbucks.In 2015, after freelancing for a few months, he was hired as editor of Austin Weekly News and education reporter for Wednesday Journal. He has a dual degree in English and creative writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Melissa Elsmo

Eats EDITOR, donor relations manager

Melissa Elsmo makes you believe you can enjoy every meal just as she does: fully and enthusiastically. A trained chef and ardent foodie, Mel’s passion for a good meal peppers her life. She has been an Oak Park resident for more than 20 years, raised two children in the community and resides happily with her husband in the village.


Alex Rogals

Staff Photographer

Alex graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a bachelors degree in Photojournalism. After working out in New Mexico, they joined Growing Community Media in 2017 as the staff photographer and photo editor. You can find them out with their cameras covering Chicago’s Westside, Oak Park, Riverside and more.


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