Stefanie Anderson, a senior vice president of Paddock Publications Inc. and general manager of Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group, is the newest member of the Illinois Press Association Board of Directors.
Prior to moving to southern Illinois to oversee the community newspaper group, Anderson was director of production in the Schaumburg printing facility for the Daily Herald Media Group. With Paddock for more than 25 years, Anderson has held roles in marketing, IT and production, among others.
With a long history in newspapers beginning in the 1980s, Anderson worked in multiple disciplines with McClatchy and Tribune Media before joining Paddock in 1992.
In 2016, Paddock expanded into the community newspaper market via the purchase of 12 newspapers in downstate Illinois with Anderson at the helm. Through 2017 and into 2018, expansion continued including several central Illinois properties. In total, Anderson oversees 17 publications in Marion, Du Quoin, Harrisburg, Carbondale, Gallatin, Benton, Chester, Virden, Girard, Farmersville, Palmyra, Pana, Nokomis, Assumption and Blue Mound, including a printing facility in Virden and digital printing shops in Carbondale and Pana.