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.
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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.
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Director of Development
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.
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Executive Director of The Chalkboard Review
Tony Kinnett is a former award-winning teacher, administrator, and curriculum developer in Indiana. He co-founded the Chalkboard Review with Daniel Buck in 2020 to provide diverse perspectives in education reporting and commentary, and has bylines in The Federalist, Fox News, National Review, The Daily Caller, The Daily Wire, and the Washington Examiner.
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Assistant Director of The Chalkboard Review
Kate Guenther brings more than ten years of experience supporting the education reform movement in the areas of content management, digital marketing, and user design. In her role as Assistant Director of Chalkboard Review, Kate plays a key role in the organization’s strategy development and oversees 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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Anthony Hennen is a reporter for The Center Square. 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.
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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.
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Madison Hirneisen is a staff reporter covering California for The Center Square. Madison has experience covering both local and national news. She currently resides in Southern California.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.