Goebel named as News-Gazette's new managing editor

Goebel named as News-Gazette's new managing editor

CHAMPAIGN — Mike Goebel has been named managing editor at The News-Gazette.

At News-Gazette Media since 2003, Goebel previously served as sports editor and, most recently, design editor. He replaces Dan Corkery, who retired after 38 years at the newspaper.

"I'm excited for the opportunity," Goebel said. "This is a good place to work, with good people, and I'm just looking forward to carrying on what we do."

Goebel, 37, frequently has been honored on the state and national level for his work with news, sports and features.

"Since the day he walked into the newsroom, Mike's played a critical role in how our product looks and reads — in print and online," News-Gazette Media's Vice President of News Jim Rossow said. "He's ready to put his stamp on even more of what we do."

While retaining his design role, Goebel also will handle administrative duties and serve as audience liaison.

"I'm still going to have input into the look of every day's newspaper, special sections, special projects, everything we do from that aspect," said Goebel, a Mount Zion native and Truman State graduate.

Also:

 — George Dobrik has been promoted to deputy managing editor. News editor since 1999, Dobrik joined The News-Gazette in 1985 as a copy editor. He will take on new administrative duties, coordinate newsroom training and lead a production upgrade.

— Joel Leizer, at The News-Gazette since 1998, has been named news editor. Previously assistant news editor, Leizer will work hand-in-hand with Editor Jeff D'Alessio in a content preparation role.

— Longtime copy editor Dave Burleson has been named assistant news editor. The Danville resident joined the paper in 1999 as a copy editor. In his new role, he'll oversee News-Gazette Media's weekly newspaper operation and The News-Gazette's Opinions pages.

"In each case, we're getting better," Rossow said. "Their long history with the company makes the transition seamless."

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