DeKALB – Jillian Duchnowski was named news editor of the Daily Chronicle on Monday.
Duchnowski, who returns to Shaw Media after spending about two years editing Yorkville Patch, an online publication in Kendall County, will supervise the news-gathering operation of the Daily Chronicle, including three reporters and two photographers. She will report to Daily Chronicle Editor Eric Olson.
Duchnowski was a reporter for five years at Shaw Media’s Northwest Herald in McHenry County, where she worked with Olson and wrote about felony trials and breaking crime news.
“I’m excited to be working with Jillian again,” Olson said. “I’m certain that she will improve the way the Daily Chronicle serves its readers both online and in the printed newspaper, and I’m pleased to have her join our team and the community.”
Duchnowski’s accolades include a 2011 Illinois Associated Press Editors Association award she won along with Northwest Herald senior reporter Kevin Craver for coverage of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s indictment. In 2010, she won the Illinois State Bar Association’s Lincoln Media Award for articles exploring legal insanity issues and McHenry County cases.
The 2003 University of Illinois graduate said she is excited for the opportunity.
“I love community journalism, and I am excited to join a newsroom with a such a great connection to the community and dedication to excellence,” she said.
In her spare time, Duchnowski enjoys reading, volunteering and hiking with her dog, BlackJack. She can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 815-756-4841 ext. 221.