Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Reporting On The Reporter
The Wellsville Crime Watch Committee wrapped up their meetings for this year with veteran news reported Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert presenting the program. The meeting was held at Village Hall on November 17.
Bobby-Gilbert, shown here addressing the Crime Watch members, has over 30 years experience as a “newshound” in the print media. She often jokes it is believed she has printing ink running through her veins instead of blood.
Bobby-Gilbert got her start in the newspaper business first working for the Youngstown Vindicator. She has spent time with the Columbiana Ledger and the Panhandle Press, both weekly newspapers. She has been with the Morning Journal, a local area newspaper, for 27 years. Although she did not mention it to the Crime Watch Committee she got her first taste of reporting being a member of the Beaver Local Tales staff while she was a student at Beaver Local High School.
The Morning Journal is owned and operated by Ogden News which is headquartered in Wheeling, WV. In addition to the Morning Journal, Ogden also owns East Liverpool's The Review and the Salem News. All three local papers are printed in Lisbon and they share news stories from each others beat reporters. That is why you will see the same reporters by-line in all three papers.
Ogden has 40 daily newspapers in 12 different states from Florida to Hawaii in addition to nine in Ohio that include our three local papers. The company also publishes 15 magazines which include Mother Earth News, Farm Collector and Grit to name a few. Ogden also owns the Seven Springs Ski Resort and has a major ownership in the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club.
Until recent personnel moves Bobby-Gilbert covered Wellsville, Salineville and everything in between. She currently covers the East Liverpool beat. She concluded her remarks saying for her reporting is not just a job. It's her life.
The Crime Watch Committee will be taking the winter months off before resuming their activities. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 15. 2012.
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