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Bricker named publisher of Morris Daily Herald and The Herald-News

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 10:33 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 9:49 p.m. CDT

Don Bricker has been named publisher of the Morris Daily Herald and The Herald-News in Joliet, Shaw Media announced Friday.

Bricker, who also serves as vice president of Shaw Media's Suburban Group Publishing, will be based in The Herald-News office in Joliet.

Shaw Media recently purchased The Herald-News from Sun-Times Media. The Herald-News joins other Shaw Media publications including the Morris Daily Herald, the St. Charles-based Kane County Chronicle, The Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, and Sauk Valley Media in Dixon/Sterling, as well as dozens of weekly newspapers, magazines, niche publications and websites.

"Our acquisition of The Herald-News has thus far been a terrific success," Shaw Media President John Rung said. "Under Don’s supervision, our transition teams have done a tremendous job of integrating The Herald-News into Shaw Media."

In his new role, Bricker will lead the Joliet/Morris executive team that includes general manager Bob Wall, editor Kate Schott, and advertising director Steve Vanisko.

"I'm excited to become a part of The Herald-News and Morris Daily Herald teams." Bricker said. "Both The Herald-News and Morris Daily Herald have rich histories and are very important to the region. I look forward to working with our readers, advertisers and associates to build a great local media company."

Bricker joined Shaw Media in June 2008 as publisher of Shaw's publications in Kane and DeKalb counties. His role expanded in 2009 when he assumed responsibility for group operations. He was named regional publisher and group general manager in 2013.

Prior to joining Shaw, Bricker was publisher of the Appeal-Democrat and appealdemocrat.com in Marysville, Calif. His background includes leadership positions with The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo., The Lima News in Lima, Ohio, The Orange County Register in Southern California, and the Daily Southtown in Chicago’s southwest suburbs.

Bricker and his wife, Karen, have three adult children and one grandson.

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