Staff Members

Chris Krug

Chris Krug

President & Publisher

Chris Krug is the President of the Franklin News Foundation. Chris brings to Franklin more than 25 years of experience in the media industry. He is the former publisher of the suburban Chicago Pioneer Press newspaper chain.

Prior to his tenure as a vice president at Sun-Times Media Network and oversight of Pioneer, he was responsible for all news operations and managed properties in the suburbs as a vice president for Shaw Suburban Media. During that time, he worked directly with teams at the Northwest Herald, Kane County Chronicle, DeKalb Daily-Chronicle, the Lake County Journals, and the bilingual El Conquistador. Chris has also served as a deputy editor at the Denver Post.

In 2008, the Local Media Association honored Chris as national editor of the year. Chris also is the former president of the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association. Presstime named Krug a 40 under 40 in 2008. Chris earned his undergraduate degree from Allegheny College (Pa.) and his Masters of Business Administration from Lake Forest (Ill.) Graduate School of Management.

Chris resides in suburban Chicago and can be reached at ckrug@franklinnews.org.

Dan McCaleb

Dan McCaleb

Vice President of News & Content

Dan McCaleb is a veteran editor who has worked in journalism for more than 25 years . Prior to joining the Franklin News Foundation in 2017, McCaleb served as editorial director of Shaw Media and was the top editor of the award-winning Northwest Herald in suburban Chicago.

Dan lives in suburban Chicago. He can be reached at dmccaleb@thecentersquare.com.

Laurel Abraham

Laurel Abraham

Vice President of Development & Marketing

Laurel Abraham has worked in nonprofit fundraising for more than a decade. She has experience working directly with lawmakers and policy leaders on a variety of issues nationwide. Laurel holds a masters degree in political management from George Washington University. In her role, Laurel connects with individuals and foundations who seek to support fact-based journalism, reaching a broad audience of taxpayers across the country.

For information about our efforts at the Franklin News Foundation, contact Laurel at labraham@franklinnews.org.

Jerry Lyles

Jerry Lyles

Vice President of Syndication & Distribution

Jerry Lyles has worked across four decades, helping newspapers, radio, TV and news media sites grow and expand their print and digital offerings. With positions ranging from local newspaper group publisher to senior vice president of sales/marketing, chief revenue officer and vice president of syndicated content during those years, Jerry has worked for various media outlets including Publishing Group of America, Athlon Sports, Parade Magazine, Dobie Media, TownNews, AHM Publishing, and most recently The Daily Wire. Jerry lives outside of Nashville with his wife, Shirlene. They have one daughter and a grandchild.

Kate Guenther

Kate Guenther

Director of Design and Visual Marketing

Kate Guenther brings more than ten years of experience supporting news organizations in the areas of content management, digital marketing, and user design. In her former role as Assistant Director of Chalkboard Review, Kate played a key role in the organization’s strategy development and oversaw all website operations including the Chalkboard Media Wire, an aggregation of the most noteworthy education news, commentary, and podcasts. Kate was instrumental in the redesign of Chalkboard Review’s website, leading the team through conceptualization, design, development, and final launch.

Kate earned a B.A. in Electronic Filmmaking and Digital Video Design from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and has received certificates in digital marketing, UX design, and UI design.

Kate can be reached at kguenther@franklinnews.org.

Tom Gantert

Tom Gantert

Managing Editor

Tom Gantert worked at many daily newspapers including the Ann Arbor News, Lansing State Journal and USA Today. Gantert was the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential for five years before joining The Center Square.

Tom can be reached at tgantert@thecentersquare.com.

Cole Lauterbach

Cole Lauterbach

Managing Editor

Cole Lauterbach is a managing editor for The Center Square covering the western United States. For more than a decade, Cole has produced award-winning content on both radio and television.

Cole can be reached at clauterbach@thecentersquare.com.

Alan Wooten

Alan Wooten

Managing Editor

Alan Wooten has been a publisher, general manager and editor. His work has appeared in newspapers every year since 1977, and he’s won national or state awards in every decade since the 1980s. He’s a proud graduate of Elon University and Farmville Central High in North Carolina.

Alan can be reached at awooten@thecentersquare.com.

J.D. Davidson

J.D. Davidson

Regional Editor

An Ohio native, J.D. Davidson is a veteran journalist with more than 30 years of experience in newspapers in Ohio, Georgia, Alabama and Texas. He has served as a reporter, editor, managing editor and publisher.

J.D. can be reached at jdavidson@thecentersquare.com.

Brett Davis

Brett Davis

Regional Editor

Brett Davis is the Pacific Northwest Regional Editor for The Center Square. Prior to assuming his current position, he was The Center Square’s Washington state government reporter. His journalism background also includes working for various community newspapers, as well as public policy organizations the Freedom Foundation and Washington Farm Bureau. He has also done work for World Vision and Russell Investments.

Brett can be reached at bdavis@thecentersquare.com.

David Mastio

David Mastio

Regional Editor

David Mastio, a regional editor for The Center Square, has 25 years of newspaper reporting and editing experience with USA TODAY, The Detroit News, The Washington Examiner, The Virginian-Pilot and The Washington Times. In addition, he has been a speechwriter for a member of the cabinet and launched his own web publishing company.

David can be reached at dmastio@thecentersquare.com.

Sarah Roderick-Fitch

Sarah Roderick-Fitch

Regional Editor

Sarah Roderick-Fitch is The Center Square’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Editor. She has previously worked as an editor, and has been a contributing writer for several publications. In addition to writing and editing, Sarah spent nearly a decade working for non-profit, public policy organizations in the Washington, DC area.

She earned a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis on rhetorical theory and criticism and persuasion from Western Illinois University. Sarah is a central Illinois native, who has lived all over the country, and abroad. She now resides in Northern Virginia.

Sarah can be reached at sroderickfitch@thecentersquare.com.

Christen Smith

Christen Smith

Regional Editor

Christen is Pennsylvania editor for The Center Square newswire service and co-host of Pennsylvania in Focus, a weekly podcast on America’s Talking Network. Find her work in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Broad + Liberty, RealClear, the Washington Examiner and elsewhere.

Christen can be reached at csmith@thecentersquare.com.

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson

Regional Editor

Steve Wilson has been an award-winning writer and editor for nearly 20 years at newspapers in Georgia, Florida and Mississippi and is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and University of Alabama graduate.

Steve can be reached at swilson@thecentersquare.com.

Brendan Clarey

Brendan Clarey

K-12 Editor with FNF/Chalkboard News

Brendan Clarey is an award-winning writer and editor. Before becoming K-12 editor for Chalkboard News, he worked at the New York Post, USA Today and The Detroit News.
Clarey graduated from Hillsdale College in 2018 with a degree in English and a minor in journalism. He lives in Metro Detroit with his wife, Katie, and two girls.
You can reach Brendan at bclarey@franklinnews.org or follow him on Twitter: @BrendanClarey
Kim Jarrett

Kim Jarrett

Associate Editor

Kim Jarrett’s career spans over 30 years with stops in radio, print and television. She has won awards from both the Georgia Press Association and the Georgia Association of Broadcasters.

Kim can be reached at kjarrett@thecentersquare.com.

Shiloh Carozza

Shiloh Carozza

Engagement Editor

Shiloh Carozza manages and curates The Center Square’s newsletters.

Shiloh graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in Rhetoric and Public Address and has experience in communications and scriptwriting, appearing as a guest writer on the national radio program Our America Stories.

Shiloh can be reached at scarozza@franklinnews.org.

Jason Goch

Jason Goch

IRN Sports Director

Jason is a graduate of Northwestern University and began his career at WGN Radio in Chicago. He joined IRN in 2003, and was promoted to sports director in 2005. Additionally, Jason works as a host for SB Nation Radio (previously Sporting News Radio), and has been a national sports talk show host since 2006. Jason can also be seen as a recurring guest on NBC Sports Chicago​’s Sports Talk Live TV program.

​Jason has reported from numerous events including the Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup Finals, MLB playoffs, NBA Playoffs, and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. He also co-hosted a sports talk show in Chicago with former Bears fullback Jason McKie; that program aired on WLS 890 AM and The Game 87.7 FM. Jason has also performed play-by- play duties for various college sports. Jason is a Chicago-area native who credits his parents, Alan Goch and the late Janice Goch, for giving him the encouragement and confidence to succeed in the competitive world of sports broadcasting.

Brett Rowland

Brett Rowland

Investigative Reporter

Brett Rowland is an award-winning journalist who has worked as an editor and reporter in newsrooms in Illinois and Wisconsin. He is an investigative reporter for The Center Square.

Brett lives in suburban Chicago. He can be reached at browland@thecentersquare.com.

Cameron Arcand

Cameron Arcand

Staff Reporter

Cameron Arcand is a reporter for The Center Square covering Arizona and the southern border. He’s previously worked for Salem Media Group and The Western Journal. Arcand has also appeared on LiveNOW from FOX and FOX 5 Washington D.C.

Cameron can be reached at carcand@thecentersquare.com.

Kevin Bessler

Kevin Bessler

Staff Reporter

Kevin Bessler reports on statewide issues in Illinois for the Center Square. He has over 30 years of experience in radio news reporting throughout the Midwest.

Kevin can be reached at kbessler@thecentersquare.com.

Greg Bishop

Greg Bishop

Staff Reporter

With years of award-winning broadcast experience in the Springfield market, Greg Bishop now reports on Illinois government and other statewide issues for The Center Square.

​Bishop is a graduate in communication and political studies from the University of Illinois-Springfield. He lives just south of the Capital City with his wife Meghan where they garden, train for long-distance races, and travel across the Midwest attending various concerts.

Timothy Fairbanks-Clouser

Timothy Fairbanks-Clouser

Staff Reporter

Tim Clouser is The Center Square’s Eastern Washington reporter. He attended Washington State University, where he served in various roles with the local newspaper and covered the statehouse and eastern half of the state for outlets such as The Columbian Basin Herald, NonStopLocal, and The Daily Beast.

Shirleen Guerra

Shirleen Guerra

Staff Reporter

Shirleen Guerra is a staff reporter for The Center Square. Shirleen attended Odessa College where she completed an apprenticeship through The Odessa American where she previously freelanced.

Shirleen can be reached at sguerra@thecentersquare.com.

 Casey Harper

Casey Harper

D.C. Bureau Reporter

Casey Harper is a Senior Reporter for the Washington, D.C. Bureau. He previously worked as a reporter for The Daily Caller and The Hill and as an executive producer for Sinclair Broadcast Group. A graduate of Hillsdale College, Casey’s work has also appeared in Fox News, Fox Business, USA Today and other outlets.

Casey can be reached at charper@thecentersquare.com.

Anthony Hennen

Anthony Hennen

Staff Reporter

Anthony Hennen is a reporter for The Center Square news wire service, covering Pennsylvania, and co-host of Pennsylvania in Focus, a weekly podcast on America’s Talking Network. Previously, he worked for Philadelphia Weekly and the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. He is managing editor of Expatalachians, a journalism project focused on the Appalachian region.

Anthony can be reached at ahennen@thecentersquare.com.

Carleen Johnson

Carleen Johnson

Staff Reporter

Carleen Johnson is The Center Square’s Washington state government reporter. She has 30 years of experience in broadcast journalism in the Puget Sound region, including being a traffic reporter for at least 10 different radio stations in the area in the mid-1990s.

Carleen can be reached at cjohnson@thecentersquare.com.

TJ Martinell

TJ Martinell

Staff Reporter

TJ Martinell is a native to Washington and has been reporting in the state since his high school days. His work has been recognized numerous times by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.

TJ can be reached at tmartinell@thecentersquare.com.

Joe Mueller

Joe Mueller

Staff Reporter

Joe Mueller covers Missouri for The Center Square. After seven years of reporting for daily newspapers in Illinois and Missouri, he spent the next 30 years in public relations serving non-profit organizations and as a strategic communications consultant.

Joe can be reached at jmueller@thecentersquare.com.

Spencer Pauley

Spencer Pauley

Staff Reporter

Spencer Pauley reports on Seattle and the King County area of Washington. He previously worked as an independent documentary filmmaker and worked on the documentary series titled: “The Clinton Affair” a series investigating the history leading to the impeachment proceedings of former President Bill Clinton.

Spencer can be reached at spauley@thecentersquare.com.

Catrina Petersen

Catrina Petersen

Staff Reporter

Catrina Petersen is taking her broadcast journalism experience, and now reporting on Illinois government for The Center Square.

Petersen is a graduate of Illinois State University and was previously a morning show radio host in Bloomington-Normal. Petersen and her family live for the Lord each and every day.

Catrina can be reached at cpetersen@thecentersquare.com.

Kenneth Schrupp

Kenneth Schrupp

Staff Reporter

Kenneth Schrupp is the California reporter for The Center Square. His commentary and analysis have been published by Newsweek, RealClearPolitics, and the Pacific Research Institute.

Kenneth can be reached at kschrupp@thecentersquare.com.

Jon Styf

Jon Styf

Staff Reporter

Jon Styf is an award-winning editor and reporter who has worked in Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Florida and Michigan in local newsrooms over the past 20 years, working for Shaw Media, Hearst and several other companies.

Jon can be reached at jstyf@thecentersquare.com.

Morgan Sweeney

Morgan Sweeney

Staff Reporter

Morgan Sweeney is a staff writer covering Virginia and Maryland for The Center Square. Morgan was an active member of the journalism program as an undergraduate at Hillsdale College and previously freelanced for The Center Square.

Morgan can be reached at msweeney@thecentersquare.com.

Cole McNeely

Cole McNeely

General Manager - America's Talking

Cole McNeely is the General Manager of America’s Talking. Cole has extensive experience in radio, podcasting, and social media. In 2016, he leveraged his social media and podcast following to interview six major party presidential candidates. Cole graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in Marketing Management and holds a M.A. in Communication from Drake University.

Cole can be reached at cmneely@franklinnews.org.

Eliana Kernodle

Eliana Kernodle

Assistant General Manager - America's Talking

Eliana Kernodle is the Assistant General Manager of America’s Talking. Eliana’s journey in media began at Radio Free Hillsdale during her time at Hillsdale College. Fascinated by content development and audio production, she flourished as a newscaster, crafted history features, and eventually became News Director and Promotions Director. After graduating with a B.A. in History from Hillsdale College in 2022 and spending a year teaching 4th grade, her passion for producing audio content brought her to the ATN team.

Eliana can be reached at ekernodle@americastalking.com.