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T-R names news editor with local roots

Marshalltown native Emily Barske has been named news editor of the Times-Republican and begins working in the role Monday.

Barske is a recent Iowa State University graduate with extensive experience in community journalism, including two years as editor-in-chief of the Iowa State Daily, a 12,500 circulation newspaper.

“I’m excited to come work for my hometown paper,” Barske said. “I look forward to giving back to the community in this role.”

Having already completed an internship at the Omaha World-Herald this summer, Barske also previously participated in two summer internships at the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Her community involvement includes serving on the Ames-ISU YWCA Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Society of Professional Journalists, among others.

“I’m really passionate about finding unique ways for newspapers to engage with their communities and there are so many opportunities for that in Marshalltown,” Barske said.

Barske has been the recipient of several recognitions for her work including awards, grants and fellowships such as Columbia Journalism School Student Fellow and Iowa College Media Association Journalist of the Year.

As news editor, Barske will lead the operation of the newsroom with guidance from Times-Republican Publisher Abigail Pelzer who previously worked in the editor’s role for five years.

“I am very excited to welcome Emily back to Marshalltown and to her hometown newspaper,” Pelzer said. “Emily has an impressive commitment to journalism and community leadership that reflects our core beliefs of responsibility to the community and quality local news.”

Read more about Emily Barske in today’s Op-Ed section. Contact her at ebarske@timesrepublican.com or 641-753-6611 ext. 255.

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