Effective this month, there's a new face at your community newspaper. Ross Bercik has been named Managing Editor of the Traer Star-Clipper and Dysart Reporter.
Bercik, a proud native of Detroit, Michigan, comes with a diverse background of newspaper experience that will serve him well in the coverage of news and sports in Traer and Dysart.
After attending high school in Connecticut, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Public Relations, & Advertising from Temple University in Philadelphia.
During his time at Temple, he served two internships with major metro dailies, both of which are among the top 100 in daily circulation. Bercik interned at the Philadelphia Metro, a daily with 180,000 daily circulation, along with the Hartford Courant, the nation's oldest newspaper with a daily circulation of over 140,000.
"My experience at major metropolitan dailies gives me a unique perspective as someone who's now a community journalist," Bercik said. "I have experience covering everything from major league sports teams to meeting presidential candidates and I try to bring a mindset of balance to my newsgathering."
Following graduation, Bercik entered the world of community journalism as Sports Editor of the Blackwell Journal-Tribune in Blackwell, Oklahoma. There, he covered high school and middle school sports for six school districts, along with an NAIA junior college. He also assisted with news coverage and frequently filled in as News Editor.
Following a stint in the field of advertising as a designer for Verizon Yellow Pages, Bercik returned to newspapers in 2011 before making the move to Iowa to assume his duties as Managing Editor of the Traer Star-Clipper and Dysart Reporter.
"After working in the advertising field and as a Sports Editor in the past, I'm very excited to have the opportunity to take the reins here in Traer and Dysart," Bercik said. "I'm looking forward to getting to know some of the many people who make these communities what they are, some of whom I've already had the pleasure of meeting."
"I'm hoping to build on the foundation that's been set by my predecessors here and hopefully add some new and exciting things to the newspaper," Bercik said.
If you have a story idea, know of an upcoming event you'd like covered, or just want to introduce yourself, feel free to stop by the newspaper office in Traer at 625 2nd St., email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or call (319) 478-2323.