Jill Wagner has joined the circulation department of Wednesday Journal, Inc. as  Associate Manager. Wagner is an active Forest Park resident and served for many years as the marketing director of the Oak Park Arms Retirement Hotel.

Chandler West has been hired as Multi-Media Reporter of Wednesday Journal, Inc. West comes to the Journal from a freelance position at Sun-Times Media. A graduate of Loyola University, West is versatile in his use of photography, video and audio platforms in telling stories.

Mike Risher has been promoted to Technology Manager for all Wednesday Journal, Inc. ventures. A six-year veteran of the company as a web developer – Risher built the OakPark.com platform – he will now be actively involved in all digital and IT aspects of the company’s growth, said Dan Haley, publisher of Wednesday Journal. “Mike is not only very talented as a web guy, he sees all the possibilities that digital brings to our efforts,” said Haley.

Kathy Hansen, the veteran circulation manager for the Journal’s four community publications as well as its Chicago Parent magazine, said Wagner will work in both the operations side of circulation but also add a focus on marketing both print and digital readership.

“Jill brings great enthusiasm to the Journal,” said Hansen. “With her active roles in Forest Park’s elementary schools, Cub Scouts, with all the connections she made in the near west suburbs through the Arms, Jill pretty much epitomizes the community connections we prize here at the Journal.”

Claire Innes, art director for all Journal publications, said West was “the top candidate in a very, very strong pool of possibilities. In the end it was the human connections reflected in so many of his photos as well as his multi-media experience that made Chandler stand out.”

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