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The Times welcomes new reporter

NIU grad, Streator native joins staff

Michael Urbanec
Michael Urbanec

Readers may notice a new byline in Tuesday's paper.

The Times has hired Michael Urbanec to its news staff. He started Monday.

Urbanec, of Streator, is a December journalism graduate of Northern Illinois University. He attended Woodland High School and Illinois Valley Community College, before finishing his degree in DeKalb.

He worked at the Northern Star, NIU's independent student paper, as sports editor and an assistant news editor. At IVCC, he contributed to the IV Leader.

Urbanec will take on regular news coverage of Streator city government, the Streator Elementary School District, among other assignments.

Urbanec is eager to hit the ground in his hometown.

"I'm excited about working in my hometown, and work in an area I know, with people I know, and cover issues that are close to me," Urbanec said.

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