GREENSBURG – Melissa Conrad, formerly of the Rushville Republican, was recently named the managing editor of The Daily News.
She is an experienced reporter and manager who began writing for newspapers more than 25 years ago, most recently with the Rushville Republican.
Conrad’s experience goes beyond journalism and includes leadership roles in the public and private sectors and with non-profits in Indianapolis.
“When I first became a reporter in the ‘80s, I had the privilege of learning from an inspiring group of committed and ethical journalists and editors,” Conrad says. “What pushed me to work in all three sectors of our economy was the same desire to understand and be able to intimately communicate their motivations and tell their stories. I literally set out to walk in the shoes of the government leaders, corporations and not-for-profits that news organizations report on,” she adds. “I would never pretend to have learned all the answers, but I certainly gained a unique knowledge about what questions need asked,” she said.
Conrad holds the media’s role in building community in high regard as the modern-day scribe, recording our history as it is lived. “Media’s fundamental charge to serve as the public’s watchdog runs side by side with our society’s need to share our stories, big and small, of our triumphs and tragedies, with one another,” she adds. “Community newspapers are uniquely positioned to be the lasting voice that shares these stories. Today’s modern technology enables us to take our long-standing duties and make each story accessible to everyone, everywhere via the web with full video, audio, photographs and the in-depth coverage newspapers are known for.”
Conrad lives on a Hoosier Homestead in nearby Milroy that has been in her family more than 100 years. She has 17-year-old triplets who are juniors at Rushville Consolidated High School and an older son who is a U.S. Navy veteran and finishing his degree with Indiana University while working.
“Decatur County has stories to tell, accomplishments to herald and a very bright future,” Conrad says in closing. “We intend to be the community’s partner and story-teller every step of the way.”
– Daily News