CRYSTAL LAKE – Jon Styf recently was named editor of the Northwest Herald.
He will oversee the flagship paper of Sterling-based Shaw Media, publisher of close to 100 print and digital publications in Illinois and Iowa.
Styf, 37, is coming to Crystal Lake after spending more than a year as editor of the Joliet Herald-News. Before that, he was the Northwest Herald sports editor for four years, the DeKalb Daily Chronicle sports editor for two years, and an assistant news editor and news reporter at other publications.
"I am very excited that Jon Styf has agreed to return to the Northwest Herald as our editor," said Jim Ringness, general manager of the Northwest Herald and Lake County Journal. "Jon brings a passion for the Northwest Herald marketplace that will help us to continue as the market leader in providing local news."
Styf's previous experience with the company made him a perfect fit for his new role, Ringness said.
"I look forward to working with Jon to fulfill one of our core missions, which is to provide relevant information for all our readers," Ringness said.
Styf has lived near Plainfield for the past year, and he lived in McHenry County four years before that with his wife and three elementary school-age children.
“I’m so happy to be moving back to McHenry County, a place that my family considers home, to lead a newspaper that I am so passionate about,” Styf said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to take a key role in telling the story of McHenry County as we cover everything from breaking news to informing the public on how their tax money is spent and serve as a watchdog for the community.”
Shaw Media has about 550 employees at newspapers, magazines and other publications in northern Illinois and Iowa. Its daily newspapers include the Joliet Herald-News, the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake and the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb.