Don Bricker has been named publisher of The Herald-News and the Morris Daily Herald, Shaw Media announced Friday. Shaw Media is the parent company of the Northwest Herald.
Bricker, who also serves as vice president of Shaw Media's Suburban Group Publishing, will be based in The Herald-News office in Joliet.
Shaw Media recently purchased The Herald-News from Sun-Times Media. The Herald-News joins other Shaw Media publications including the St. Charles-based Kane County Chronicle, The Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Sauk Valley Media in Dixon/Sterling and Suburban Life Media in Downers Grove, as well as other weekly newspapers, magazines, niche products and websites.
Bricker joined Shaw Media in June 2008 as publisher of the Kane County Chronicle and Daily Chronicle in DeKalb. His role expanded in 2009 when he assumed responsibility for group operations. He was named regional publisher and group general manager in 2013.
Before Shaw, Bricker was publisher of the Appeal-Democrat and appealdemocrat.com in Marysville, Calif. His background includes leadership positions with The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo., The Lima News in Lima, Ohio, The Orange County Register in southern California, and the Daily Southtown in Chicago southwest suburbs.
He lives in Elburn with his wife, Karen, and their Brittany Spaniel, Taggle. Bricker and Karen have three adult children and one grandson.