TFP hires editors for news, special sectionsWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | email@example.com
Toledo Free Press has added three editorial positions.
Longtime contributor and GlassCityJungle.com operator Lisa Renee Ward has been promoted to Web editor. Ward oversees the Toledo Free Press website and maintains the newspaper’s presence on Facebook and Twitter. She has contributed a column to Toledo Free Press since early 2006.
Emily B. Gibb, a graduate of The Ohio State University who majored in journalism, has been named news editor. While in Columbus, she wrote for City Scene Magazine.
Gibb got her start in journalism while in high school at St. Ursula Academy, writing for The Ursuline and The Little Arrow. She returned to Toledo after working as a general assignment reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Sarah Ottney is special sections editor. She is a 2002 graduate of Oak Harbor High School who graduated in 2006 from Ohio Wesleyan University, where she majored in journalism and English. During college, she spent three years on staff at OWU’s weekly student newspaper, The Transcript, including a semester as editor in chief.
She then worked three years at the Aberdeen American News, a daily newspaper in northeastern South Dakota, where she started as a reporter, copy editor and page designer and ended as a full-time designer.
Before coming to Toledo Free Press, she fulfilled a year of service in Toledo as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) member with the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks.
Ottney replaces Kristen Criswell, who relocated to Oklahoma with her military husband.
“[Criswell] helped us grow our news content, and her contributions will be missed,” said Michael S. Miller, Toledo Free Press editor in chief. “We see an opportunity for an expanded online presence and a higher profile of news reporting with the combined efforts of [Gibb, Ward and Ottney]. Journalism and news dissemination is rapidly changing, and these hires, working with Associate editor Brandi Barhite, will help us continue to break stories and impact our community.”
Toledo Free Press, Lucas County’s largest circulation newspaper, is in its seventh year of publication. Toledo Free Press Star is in its second year of publication.