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New editor at The Sun

The Sun Editor Jessie Owen
HAMBURG — Times are changing at The Sun, as new faces have appeared, to assume new responsibilities.

Former Springville Journal Editor Jessie Owen has stepped in, to fill the vacated The Sun editor position. Buffalo resident Alicia Greco also recently came aboard, as staff reporter, while current Sports Editor Michael Petro rounds out the newspaper team.

Owen was born in Buffalo and raised in the town of Hamburg. She and her family later moved to the Boston, where they spent many years, before relocating to East Concord.

Owen said that she has been interested in the media since she was a preteen. “I have always had a fascination with the fast-paced world of TV and newspapers,” she said. “I love being in the know and having an ‘in’ on finding out what is happening in the world around me.”

The current Sun editor graduated from Greenville, S.C.’s Bob Jones University in 2008, with a Bachelor of Science degree in radio and television broadcasting and a minor in public relations journalism.

While in college, she held the positions of reporter and anchor for WBJU-TV, her college TV station, and hosted live broadcasts for WBJU-FM, the college radio station. She also designed and sold advertising for her college newspaper and TV and radio stations.

She completed her college internship at Entercom Communications Corp. in Greenville and then worked as a freelancer for the Gannett Co. publication The Greenville News.

When she moved back to Western New York from South Carolina, Owen joined the Journal team in September 2009, as staff reporter. She married Drew Payne of Greenville in December 2010.

In March 2011, Owen took over as the editor of the Springville Journal, a position she held until this week, when she transferred to The Sun in Hamburg.

“I get to meet someone new from the community almost every day,” Owen said. “That’s the best part of this job: connecting a face to a name and getting to tell someone’s story for them.”

Former Staff Reporter Lizz Schumer has stepped into the role of Springville Journal editor.

To contact Owen, call 649-4040 ext. 255 or email jowen@thesunnews.net. To reach Greco with a story idea, dial 649-4040 ext. 22 or email agreco@thesunnews.net. To contact Petro, call 649-4040 ext. 236 or email mpetro@thesunnews.net.


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