Here are a couple of guys I want you to meet.
Bob Rakow joined the staff of the Reporter this week as our main reporter.
The guy has been around the area for many years and is familiar with all of our six communities. He’s had some pretty hard-hitting daily news stories over the years and is capable of turning in some heartwarming features.
He had one feature just a few weeks ago in which a woman in Flossmoor retained her drivers’ license — at age 100.
He will also be covering board meetings, reporting on the police beat and providing insight and perspective to issues that will affect readers in our various zones, such as the Oak Lawn 9-1-1 story that appears in the front of this paper.
Another name that will pop up on these pages is Tim Hadac. He was hired a few weeks ago as the Regional reporter to replace some mope named Varvra, or Virva, or whatever the heck his name is.
Tim will be covering Palos Heights, Palos Park and Orland Park but his stories will find his way to our paper as well. This guy has a boatload of writing talent and experience. In last week’s paper, he wrote a wonderful piece on deadline after a four-hour Oak Lawn board meeting about the Village’s financial health and a great piece on a Korean War vet from Orland Park who revisited South Korea all these years later.
These two fellas will make our paper strong and if you happen to see them at a meeting or event, welcome them aboard.
We also have a gang of stringers such as Jessie Malloy, Kelly White and Kevin Coyne and newcomer Claudia Parker whose work you will see quite a bit as well.
Behind the scenes
A few other folks that have been huge in putting this paper together don’t get near enough credit.
Designer Kari Nelson has been the heart and soul of this paper for years and her talented fingerprints are all over the front section each week. Jackie Santora does the same for the second section. And while Rebecca Lanning works mostly for the Regional News, she has worked some of her magic on special sections including last week’s Worth Days tab. Among his many duties at this place, Pat Engle is the force when it comes to keeping the photos in order and looking great.
Typesetters Angie Burke and Sharon Ulanowski don’t have the most glorious jobs on the planet but their hard work helps keep this paper humming.
So as we move forward with a new editor, new reporter and a seasoned staff behind the scenes, we’re hoping to turn this product into a must-read every Thursday.