P-B newsroom welcomes two staffers, two interns
Two new staffers and two interns recently joined the Post-Bulletin newsroom.
Randy Petersen started Monday as editorial page editor. He came to the Post-Bulletin from an editor position at The Hawk Eye — Burlington, Iowa's daily newspaper.
"I'm excited to be part of the Post-Bulletin and have an opportunity to help readers share their views with the community and southeast Minnesota," he said.
Petersen also has worked at newspapers in Albert Lea and Miami, Okla., where he was the managing editor of the Miami News-Record. He has a bachelor's degree in mass communications and English from Winona State University.
Petersen, who grew up in Elkton, replaces former editorial page editor Eric Atherton, who will continue to contribute to the P-B on a part-time basis, primarily as a writer for the Outdoors page.
"I am pleased that a journalist of Randy Petersen's caliber and experience has joined the talented news and editorial team at the Post-Bulletin," said Publisher Randy Chapman. "After a nationwide search, we found this community's Opinion page editor right in our regional backyard. The PB's opinion page is the voice of the community, and Randy soon will be an excellent leader in assuring cogent commentary on issues that matter most to the people of southeast Minnesota served by the Post-Bulletin."
Rachel Leingang started May 19 as the P-B's city/county government reporter. She is originally from Mandan, N.D., but spent the last two years in Phoenix earning a master's degree in mass communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communication. She also has a bachelor's degree in mass communication, international studies and Spanish from Moorhead State University in Moorhead.
Leingang gained reporting and editing experience working for Moorhead State's college newspaper and other print and broadcast news organizations.
She has taken over the city/county beat from Edie Grossfield, who recently was promoted to the position of local news editor.
The P-B also has two reporting interns this summer. They are: Bryna Godar, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, and Brianna Jett, a journalism student at the University of Iowa.