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Longtime radio news director Scott Zak to fill DeKalb city management analyst role

A 13-year local news radio veteran will step in a DeKalb city job starting next week.

Scott Zak, news director for WLBK Radio in DeKalb, said he has been covering city government as a broadcast news reporter for 15 years, and he started to take a strong interest in it as time went on.

“This opportunity came up, and it looked like an opportunity to pursue that interest,” said Zak, 39.

Zak’s comments come after the radio station announced in a Thursday social media post that Zak’s last day with the station would be Friday. Zak confirmed his first day working with the city will be Monday.

Zak, a Sycamore resident, said he has been WLBK’s news director for the past 13 years and has covered news stories about local governing bodies throughout DeKalb County. He said he isn’t required to move for the city position, but he eventually plans to move to DeKalb.

“I’m excited to serve the DeKalb community, just in a different way,” Zak said.

DeKalb City Manager Bill Nicklas confirmed Thursday that Zak applied, was interviewed and eventually was hired for the position.

“We’re excited,” Nicklas said.

Zak’s new job duties will include assisting with the city’s responses to Illinois Freedom of Information Act requests. Nicklas said Zak’s background and perspective as a soon-to-be former reporter is one thing the city has been missing. He said Zak’s skill set can help the city better connect with the community and to better explain city business to the public.

“I think that’s an important attribute that he brings to the job,” Nicklas said.

Zak said he wanted to extend his thanks to all of the people he covered in his news reporting, his colleagues at the station and his listeners. Although he’s leaving the position, he maintains that the now-open news director job at the station is the best job in radio.

“Whoever has it next is very lucky,” Zak said.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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