North County News editor named to national list of top young journalists

Each year at the beginning of April, Editor & Publisher, which is America’s oldest journal covering the newspaper industry, releases their 25 Under 35 list.

This list recognizes “the next generation of newspaper publishing leaders.” To be considered for the honor, nominees must be age 35 or younger, work for a print or online paper, and can be a publisher, editor, advertising executive, circulation manager or other newspaper leader.

In announcing this year’s list, Editor & Publishernoted, “As our industry continues to transform and shift, one thing remains the same: the amount of talent growing in our newsrooms. This year’s list of young newspaper professionals moving our industry forward showcases a wide range of skills. From technology and content to events and marketing, these 25 men and women aren’t afraid to try new things. They believe in the power of journalism, and they’re working hard to make sure it has a future.” 

Only two journalists from Illinois were recognized in this year’s list: Mary Koester, the editor of the North County News; and Lexi Cortes, an investigative reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat.

To see the full 25 Under 35 list for 2019, visit

For more on Koester, please see this week’s print edition.