September 22, 2021

Steve Vanisko named publisher of The Herald-News

Vanisko has spent his entire career with the company

Steve Vanisko will lead The (Joliet) Herald News and other Joliet-based Shaw Media business operations as publisher.

Vanisko is a lifelong Joliet resident who graduated from Joliet Catholic High School in 1982 and the University of Saint Francis in 1986. He started with The Herald-News in December 1986 as an account executive and has spent his entire career with The Herald-News and its affiliated publications, except for seven months in 2013 when he worked in Ottawa. He and his wife Sue have two grown children.

Vanisko’s community involvement includes participation in the following groups/organizations: Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce, Will County CED, Joliet Rotary, Joliet Park Foundation and Joliet Catholic Academy.

“I am excited to continue to work with Joe Hosey and his editorial staff as well as everyone on the business side of our operation. We have a great team,” Vanisko said.

Shaw Media has owned The (Joliet) Herald-News since January 2014.

“While we strive to operate as efficiently as possible, we need to continue to recognize the importance of the local markets we serve,” said John Rung, Chief Executive Officer.

The recent leadership changes have been made “to ensure strong local leadership and effective community engagement.”

Founded in 1851, Shaw Media is the third-oldest continuously owned and operated media company in the U.S