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By Carissa Sitki
The River County News (RCN) is excited to announce several staffing updates that have been made over the past few weeks.
The first of these updates is the promotion of RCN Advertising Manager, Jane Morgan, to general manager of our five newspapers– Calhoun News-Herald, Greene Prairie Press, Jersey County Journal, Pike Press and Scott County Times. Morgan has been in the newspaper business for nearly 50 years and has been an invaluable part of the RCN team since she started in July of this year.
Morgan retired from the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 2018, but decided to join RCN because she felt like it was time to get back to her roots. “I enjoy assisting in the growth of businesses throughout our five counties,” she said. “It’s such a joy to work with the experienced staff here at River County News.”
In her free time, Morgan enjoyed showing and breeding English Cocker Spaniels for many years and also taught obedience training. She currently lives in rural Alton with her husband and their dog, Sophie.
The next update is that RCN Regional Reporter, Carissa Sitki, will be taking over as interim editor, effective immediately, until the position is permanently filled. She is stepping into the role following last week’s departure of former RCN Editor Cynthia Haggitt.
Sitki has two years news writing experience and was formerly the editor for the Altamont News Banner in Altamont, IL. She also worked as a newsroom intern for KSDK’s 5 On Your Side in St. Louis while attending Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. Sitki has been with RCN since Sept. and says she is looking forward to serving the counties in an even larger capacity. “I’ve only been in the area for a short time, but it already feels like home,” said Sitki. “I’m very excited about getting even more involved with these wonderful communities.”
In her free time, Sitki enjoys spending time with family and friends, painting, singing, playing the ukulele, sipping tea and dreaming. She is originally from New Berlin, IL.
Additionally, RCN welcomes Dellaray Hileman to the news family as a reporter who will be covering events throughout Jersey and Calhoun Counties. This is Hileman’s first time writing for a newspaper, but she has already demonstrated her sharp news judgment and excellent ability to write compelling, accurate articles.
“I love that I’m able to be out and about in the community and put my writing skills to use,” said Hileman.
The staff of RCN will remain dedicated to bringing readers the latest community news and interesting reads.