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

President and 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 and 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 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.


Igor Studenkov

Staff Reporter
Igor Studenkov is a winner of multiple iPA journalism awards for government and business reporting. He wrote for Growing Community Media’s Chicago Journal in 2012. He has been covering Chicago’s West Side communities for Austin Weekly News since 2015, and he is currently the lead reporter for Forest Park Review. Igor contributes to Streetsblog Chicago, as well as various Chicago area community publications.


Melissa Elsmo

Food Editor
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.



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