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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Schaumburg is an award-winning, veteran editor who has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He spent a decade as the top editor in three northern Illinois newsrooms for Shaw Media and Pioneer Press.
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 email@example.com.
Derek Draplin is The Center Square’s Regional Editor for the west. He previously worked as an opinion producer at Forbes, as an editor at The Daily Caller, and as a reporter at Michigan Capitol Confidential and The Detroit News.
Derek can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cole Lauterbach is a regional editor for The Center Square covering Arizona, California, and Nevada. With more than a decade of journalism experience producing radio shows for stations in Central Illinois and award-winning programs for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Cole can be reached at email@example.com.
Jeremy Lott is a regional editor at The Center Square overseeing the Pacific Northwest. Lott previously worked as an editor for a number of publications and founded three of the Real Clear Politics family of websites.
Jeremy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brett Rowland has worked as a reporter in newsrooms in Illinois and Wisconsin covering breaking news, crime, business and local government. He most recently served as news editor of the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He previously held the same position at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb.
Brett lives in suburban Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Bruce Walker is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as editor at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s MichiganScience magazine and The Heartland Institute’s InfoTech & Telecom News.
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Brent Addleman is an Associate Editor and a veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience. He has served as editor of newspapers in Pennsylvania and Texas, and has also worked at newspapers in Delaware, Maryland, New York, and Kentucky.
Brent can be reached at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Tyler Arnold reports on Virginia and West Virginia for The Center Square. He previously worked for the Cause of Action Institute and has been published in Business Insider, USA TODAY College, National Review Online and the Washington Free Beacon.
Tyler can be reached at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Nyamekye Daniel has been a journalist for five years. She was the managing editor for the South Florida Media Network and a staff writer for The Miami Times. Daniel’s work has also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and The New York Times. She is is an alumna of the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship and the Kopenhaver Center Leadership Fellowship.
Nyam can be reached at email@example.com.
Brett Davis reports on Washington state government for The Center Square. He previously worked for public policy organizations the Freedom Foundation and Washington Farm Bureau, as well as various community newspapers.
Brett can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Andrew Hensel attended Iowa Wesleyan University and Illinois Media School. Andrew has worked for three years as a field reporter and pre-game show host for the Joliet Slammers, and has been a producer for the Windy City Bulls. Andrew currently resides in the south suburbs of Chicago.
Andrew can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madison Hirneisen is a staff reporter covering California for The Center Square. Madison has experience covering both local and national news and is a graduate of Liberty University. She currently resides in Southern California.
Madison can be reached at email@example.com.
Scott McClallen is a staff writer covering Michigan and Minnesota for The Center Square. A graduate of Hillsdale College, his work has appeared on Forbes.com and FEE.org. Previously, he worked as a financial analyst at Pepsi.
Scott can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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RaeLynn Ricarte is the author of two books and an award-winning editor and reporter with more than 25 years in the newsroom. She now covers government in Eastern Washington for The Center Square.
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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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Manager - Franklin Media Group and Illinois Radio NetworkJSpataro@FranklinMedia.Group
General Manager - Franklin Media Group and Illinois Radio Network
John is a native Illinoisan, and has worked at a number of Illinois radio stations, both on-air and in business operations.
Spataro joined Illinois Radio Network in 2016 as an Affiliate Coordinator and began overseeing Affiliate & Sales operations in 2018.
Before joining IRN, he worked as Operations Manager at WCKG-AM in suburban Chicago and as News Anchor at WZOE-AM in Princeton, Ill.
John resides in Chicago, IL and can be reached at JSpataro@FranklinMedia.Group.