Kelsey Rettke has been named the editor of the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb.
Rettke’s work with the Daily Chronicle began in October 2018. In that time, the 27-year-old has done extensive reporting about local government, crime and courts, education and business. Rettke also serves as a breaking news reporter for the company’s regional news outlet, Shaw Media Illinois.
“As the subscribers who read the Daily Chronicle already know, Kelsey Rettke has been tirelessly and completely covering the community in these trying times,” Shaw Media Illinois Senior News Editor Jon Styf said.
Rettke is the 17th editor in the Daily Chronicle’s 141-year history. Hailing from Beloit, Wisconsin, she served as the editor-in-chief of Beloit College’s student publication, The Round Table, before starting her career at the Daily Chronicle. Her work has included a focus on watchdog journalism, among other areas, and addresses community concerns including taxes, local elections, poverty and economics.
“I’m proud to carry on the Daily Chronicle’s 141-year legacy with our team of committed journalists, who inspire me every single day,” Rettke said. “I’m also keenly aware of what a critical, historic and uncertain moment this is, not just for local journalism but for our community. I believe in what we’re doing here, and we will continue to carry on our mission to bring you relevant and timely coverage during this crisis and beyond.”
Recently, Rettke received two awards from the Illinois Press Association for work completed in 2019.
Rettke took first place in the government beat reporting category for her coverage of disputes at City Hall involving DeKalb City Clerk Lynn Fazekas. She also received third place for her clerk series in the Freedom of Information Act award category, and has previously claimed Associated Press Midwest Editors awards for her public service and investigative reporting.
“[Rettke] has proven herself as not only a leader but also as a person that the community trusts,” Styf said. “I couldn’t be happier to get the opportunity to work with Kelsey now and into the future as she leads the Daily Chronicle in a positive direction.”
Shaw Media employs about 550 people, working throughout the company’s newspapers, magazines and other publications. Its daily newspapers include the Joliet Herald-News, the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake and the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, the Dixon Telegraph, the Sterling Gazette, the Ottawa Times and the LaSalle NewsTribune.
Source: The Daily Chronicle