Longtime local journalist Pete Wicklund was named managing editor of the Kenosha News on Tuesday. He replaces Bob Heisse, who has taken a new role as executive editor of Lee Enterprises’ River Valley Media Group in La Crosse.
Wicklund, a resident of Kenosha, has served in several roles with the Racine Journal Times for the past 21 years, starting in the newspaper’s Burlington Bureau. He has also served as a police reporter, copy editor, local government reporter, columnist and photographer. For the past four years he had been the newspaper’s assistant managing editor.
A native of Palatine, Ill., he has worked at newspapers in Kansas, Illinois and Wisconsin and has served as an editor at the Burlington Standard Press, the West Allis Star and Wauwatosa News Times, and the Libertyville, Mundelein and Vernon Hills Reviews in Illinois. A graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism, Wicklund has lived in Kenosha for the past 18 years.
“Pete is a veteran newsman of the most dogged order,” said Marc Chase, Midwest Regional Editor for Lee Enterprises. “He has served our operations in Racine for 21 years, reporting in nearly every hard news beat and serving as an adept and dependable manager.”
Chase added: “Solid local journalism always starts with solid local public safety reporting. In addition to his past experience reporting police, fire and courts, Pete also has served as a volunteer fireman in Burlington and Somers.”
“It is an exciting time to be here,” Wicklund said of his new role. “The Kenosha News has been my daily source of news for all that is going on in our community for many years.”
“While I’m sad to see him go, because he’s done a great job for us in Kenosha, I know Bob Heisse will also do a great job in his new role as executive editor at the River Valley Newspaper group in La Crosse,” said Mark Lewis, president of the Wisconn Valley Media Group, publisher of the Kenosha News.
“Pete Wicklund and I have worked together for 11 years, and I have the utmost confidence that he will carry on in the path set by Bob,” Lewis added. “As an 18-year resident of Kenosha, he truly has an understanding of the community and I expect great things from him in his new role."
Wicklund and his wife, Susan, are part of the ownership group of the Washington Island Observer newspaper, located on the iconic Door County island. Wicklund noted that the island has 710 permanent residents but has built a subscription base of more than 1,000 subscribers from across the state and nation. Susan, who for many years was the sports editor of The Journal Times, is a recent inductee into the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Hall of Fame.
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