Bob Heisse



Kenosha News Publisher Randy Rickman announced Thursday that Bob Heisse has been hired as the newspaper’s executive editor.

“We are so happy that Bob will be joining our senior management team as the leader of our newsroom,” Rickman said.

“Bob appreciates the opportunity that exists in a mix that includes an incredible community, independent and family-owned newspaper, terrific employees and a

management team who are focused on the horizon.

“His leadership, knowledge and deep appreciation for our printed newspaper and digital opportunity is exactly what we need.”

Most recently, Heisse was executive editor of The Times of Northwest Indiana, based in Munster.

He also served as executive editor of the State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill.; the Centre Daily Times of State College, Pa.; and city editor of The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa.

He served as president of the Associated Press Media Editors in 2012 and president of the Associated Press Media Editors Foundation in 2013 and 2014.

His list of recognition and awards includes:

Inland Press Community Leadership Award (2010 and 2016).

Editor & Publisher 10 Papers that Do it Right.

Associated Press Media Editors Innovator of the Year (2016).

Sigma Delta Chi National Investigative Reporting Award (2017).

Hoosier Press Story of the Year in Indiana (2017).

Lee Enterprises’ President’s Award (2016).

Lee Enterprise’s Exceptional Achievement in Public Service Award (2017).

“I’m thrilled to join the team at The Kenosha News and to work ... to produce the best paper and products that we can.” Heisse said in an email. “I also look forward to improving our digital and social platforms, because our content deserves to be read and seen by readers everywhere.

“We have a wonderful opportunity here, with supportive owners, to excel in doing what we love. I have worked as a top editor in four public companies and I look forward to this greatly.”

Heisse has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Penn State University. His new duties with the News begin April 23.