Shaw Media announced Monday that Northwest Herald Senior Editor Dan McCaleb has been promoted to group editor of Shaw's suburban publications.
As group editor, McCaleb will spearhead the company's initiative to grow readership in print and digital media by being the leading provider of local news and information throughout the communities it serves. He will work with the publishers and editors of all of Shaw's suburban publications, including the Northwest Herald, to maximize efforts in the news-gathering, editing and delivery process.
Shaw Media's presence in suburban Chicago has been growing steadily over the past several years. In addition to the Northwest Herald, based in Crystal Lake, Shaw owns the St. Charles-based Kane County Chronicle. Shaw acquired Grayslake-based Lake County Journal in 2005, and The Daily Chronicle, based in DeKalb, in 2007. The Morris Daily Herald joined Shaw's suburban operation in January 2012, and in October Shaw purchased Suburban Life Media, a group of 22 weekly publications in Will, suburban Cook and DuPage counties, from GateHouse Media. Shaw also launched a new weekly publication, Gurnee Life, in November.
"Dan has done a tremendous job as editor of the Northwest Herald. He has the unique combination of a passion for journalism and a spirit of collaboration," said John Rung, Shaw Media's chief operating officer and publisher of the Northwest Herald. "He is a natural leader and has demonstrated the ability to guide and mentor other editors and reporters. We are excited that he has agreed to take on this new responsibility."
McCaleb has been editor of the Northwest Herald since 2009. He started with the company in 2004 as the Northwest Herald's managing editor. He and his wife, Allison, who works as a designer in Shaw Media's magazine division, live in Crystal Lake, where their two children attend District 47 schools.
"With Shaw Media's growing market share in the suburbs and the many ways that we can connect with readers through print, social media and other digital offerings, I'm excited to have this new opportunity," McCaleb said.
Rung said that a search would begin immediately for a new Northwest Herald editor.