MORRIS – Kate Schott has been named editor of the Morris Daily Herald and Christina Chapman-Van Yperen has been promoted to news editor.
Schott also will serve as editor of The Herald-News, the Joliet-based daily newspaper that serves Will and Grundy counties. Shaw Media on Friday completed its purchase of that publication.
Morris Daily Herald General Manager Bob Wall, who also will serve as general manager for The Herald-News, said the newsroom leadership changes can only benefit the Grundy County area.
“I’m pleased to have Kate come on board as editor, as she brings her vast experience in community journalism to Grundy County, and her dedication will provide our readers compelling and in depth local coverage,” Wall said. “Christina’s passion for our community and our readers make her the ideal news editor. Her ability to communicate local issues and her extensive network in Grundy County are valuable in bringing our readers accurate and timely stories.”
Schott is a 2001 graduate of Winona State University in Minnesota, with a degree in mass communication-Journalism. She earned her master’s degree in public affairs reporting at the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2002.
Schott has served in a variety of editor roles for Shaw Media almost continuously since 2007, including at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb from 2007 to 2012, and for the past year as the managing editor for projects and investigative journalism for Shaw’s suburban publications. She has been interim editor at the Morris Daily Herald since October.
She also has worked at newspapers in Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Chapman-Van Yperen has been with the Morris Daily Herald since 2009, reporting on issues affecting local residents. Before that, she covered Grundy County for The Herald-News from 2005 to 2009.
She sits on the United Way of Grundy County Board, is a Morris Rotarian and a past-president of the Morris Local Illinois Federation of Business Women’s Clubs.
She is a 2005 graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a degree in journalism.
Chapman-Van Yperen will be responsible for managing the daily news operations in Morris.
“This newspaper plays a vital role in this community, and it is my goal for us to continue to be the main news source for local residents,” Schott said.