Eric Schwartz has been named the new regional executive editor of Lafromboise Communications, the company that owns and operates the Nisqually Valley News in addition to The Chronicle in Centralia …
Eric Schwartz has been named the new regional executive editor of Lafromboise Communications, the company that owns and operates the Nisqually Valley News in addition to The Chronicle in Centralia and The Reflector in Clark County.
His primary duty will be to manage the newsroom of the Nisqually Valley News, which was previously led by former editor Megan Hansen, who replaced Publisher/Editor Michael Wagar about one year ago when he was promoted to president of Lafromboise Communications, Inc., the parent company of the Nisqually Valley News.
“Megan stepped up and kept up with the tradition of community news at the Nisqually Valley News,” Wagar said. “She covered police, city council, and led the newsroom. She will be missed.”
Schwartz was most recently the director of digital operations for the company after previously working as editor of The Chronicle from 2013 to early 2018. He worked briefly for ClarkCountyToday.com before returning to the company in August. He will collaborate and assist Chronicle Editor Natalie Johnson and Reflector Editor-In-Chief Jonathan Haukaas as they lead their respective newsrooms.
“I’m excited for this opportunity to continue advancing and improving community journalism through our publications,” Schwartz said. “We’re the go-to sources for important news and meaningful journalism in our communities, and that will not change as we continue to grow and adapt in an increasingly digital era.”
Wagar has worked with Schwartz for more than a decade.
“Eric is a talented journalist and well-liked and respected in the communities he has worked with since 2007,” Wagar said. “The editorial side of our three papers has long been strong, and with Eric at the helm, expect more great work.”
Schwartz, a graduate of Forks High School on the Olympic Peninsula, attended Centralia College and Eastern Washington University, where he was the editor-in-chief of the award-winning college newspaper, The Easterner, and received the Edmund J. Yarwood award as the top performer in his class. He worked through a fellowship at The Tri-City Herald before accepting a reporting job with The Chronicle in 2007. After three years at The Chronicle, he moved to Kalispell, Montana, and worked as a crime, courts and emergency services reporter at The Daily Inter Lake, where he won two first-place awards for spot news coverage from the Montana Newspaper Publishers Association. In 2011, he returned to The Chronicle as the assistant editor before being promoted to editor in 2013.
Under his leadership, The Chronicle was the recipient of several C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards for Distinguished Reporting, and the newspaper was twice given the General Excellence Award as the top performer in its category by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Schwartz has also been the recipient of two C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards for his own reporting and has garnered additional individual awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Most recently, he and The Chronicle staff were honored with a Key Award from the Washington Coalition for Open Government for The Chronicle’s editorials and news coverage focused on transparency in county government.
Schwartz can be reached at email@example.com or 360-960-1502.
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