JOLIET – Joe Hosey is the new editor of The Herald-News, Morris Herald-News and Herald Life.
Hosey takes over for Jon Styf, who is the editor of the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake after leading The Herald-News since October 2016.
“I’m sorry to see Jon go, but I’m also very grateful to Shaw Media for this opportunity. I look forward to doing some great work with our talented, hard-working team,” Hosey said.
Hosey joined The Herald-News as a reporter in 1999. He most notably covered the disappearance of Stacy Peterson and the criminal investigation of former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson.
During his time with The Herald-News, he was crime reporter, a metro columnist and a member of an investigative reporting team.
Hosey left in 2010 to work for Patch, where he continued to cover the Joliet area and crime, including the Hickory Street slayings in 2013.
He returned to The Herald-News last year as news editor to manage the daily news staff.
He was named 2015 Illinois Journalist of the Year by the Journalism Department of Northern Illinois University and the 2014 National Press Club John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award winner.
Hosey wrote the book “Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson,” published in 2008. The Lifetime movie “Drew Peterson: Untouchable” was based on the book.
“Joe knows the Joliet area. He has an incredible network of contacts and has been a great mentor to our reporters since his return to The Herald-News. We are confident that he’ll be a great fit as our new editor,” said Steve Vanisko, general manager for The Herald-News and Morris Herald-News.