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Veteran journalist Rowland joins Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity

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Monday, March 26th, 2018

Veteran editor and journalist Brett Rowland has joined Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity to serve as editor of its Illinois-based news operation.

Rowland most recently served as the top editor of the Northwest Herald, a daily newspaper in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Before that, he served as news editor of the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb and editor of the Northwest Herald’s daily business section and quarterly business journal.

Rowland will oversee statehouse coverage for Illinois News Network (ILNews.org) and Illinois Radio Network.

“Brett is a sharp, thoughtful and hard-working contemporary editor who has demonstrated over the years that he makes the journalists on his teams better,” Franklin Center President Chris Krug said. “He’s a great fit for our Watchdog.org project and our media properties in Illinois. We’re excited to have him aboard, and look forward to what he and his team will accomplish long into the future.”

Rowland will report to Dan McCaleb, editor of Watchdog.org, INN’s parent news organization. Franklin Center’s Watchdog.org project is a non-profit, non-partisan journalism initiative to improve the accuracy, balance and quality of statehouse news reporting across the United States.

“We’re excited to have Brett join our talented team of professional journalists who are focused on keeping government officials honest, particularly when it comes to spending taxpayer money,” McCaleb said. “Brett’s 10-plus years experience in legacy media adds depth to our already strong team. He will help our Illinois-based reporters remain laser-focused on the very serious issues being worked on at the capitol and across the state.”

INN delivered statehouse coverage to 139 media partners across Illinois in 2017. ILNews.org published nearly 1,600 news stories in 2017.

“I’m excited to join a great team focused on covering issues that matter to taxpayers throughout the Illinois,” Rowland said.

Rowland lives in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and their two sons.