CRYSTAL LAKE – Shaw Media announced Dennis Anderson has been named vice president of news and content development. In his new role, Anderson will oversee all journalism and content efforts, and he will supervise Shaw Media’s newsrooms in Illinois.
Anderson most recently was the top editor for Gannett Illinois, which includes newspapers in Peoria, Rockford and Springfield. He has also held editorial management positions at the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights and newspapers in Binghamton, New York; Norwich, Connecticut; and Lawrence, Kansas. Throughout his career, he has served as a board member for several journalism advocacy groups and newspaper associations.
“Dennis is a strong newsroom leader with terrific experience. His thoughtfulness and professionalism will be a tremendous asset for us as we strive to improve our journalism efforts across Shaw Media,” said John Rung, Shaw Media’s president and CEO.
Anderson’s hiring comes as Shaw Media continues its dedication and commitment to the communities they serve.
“Shaw Media has one of the largest and most dedicated and engaged news teams in Illinois,” Anderson said. “I look forward to working with everyone to grow our community engagement opportunities. Now, more than ever, local media needs to be recognizing and explaining trends that matter to how we live and opportunities for economic growth in northern Illinois. And that’s what we are committed to doing.”
Shaw Media, founded in Dixon, Illinois, in 1851, is a media company with newspapers, magazines, niche publications, websites and video/digital production services in the Chicago suburbs, Northern Illinois and Iowa. Shaw Media is the third-oldest, continuously owned and operated media company in the nation.
“Illinois is my home, where I went to college and where our sons were born. My wife and I are excited about this opportunity and look forward to being a part of Shaw Media and the community,” Anderson said.