Medina Journal-Register — Medina resident Howard Balaban has been hired as a reporter for the Medina Journal-Register, publisher Diane Crowe and managing editor John Hopkins announced.
Balaban takes over the main reporting duties for the paper. He had been serving as a contributing freelance reporter to the J-R since May 2011.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Howard to the staff of the Journal-Register,” said Hopkins. “Howard brings with him a tremendous newspaper background and he is already familiar with Medina and the surrounding community.”
Balaban is a May 2002 graduate of the prestigious Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. His career first led Balaban to Olean, where he covered Allegany County.
He later moved to Iowa, where he was the communications coordinator for the Iowa League of Cities, based in Des Moines. Balaban later moved on to The Perry Chief, a weekly newspaper serving northern Dallas County. Balaban was hired as sports editor at The Chief and was promoted to managing editor in less than three months.
Balaban also served as copy editor for the Willoughby News-Herald, a daily paper in northeast Ohio.
Hopkins, who became managing editor of the Journal-Register and Lockport Union-Sun & Journal in April 2012, said he was already familiar Balaban when he took on his present role.
“I was editing the weekly Cheektowaga Times and interviewed Howard for an open position in June 2002,” Hopkins recalled. “Howard was a finalist for the job, but he had an opportunity to accept a job at a daily paper. It took me 11 years, but I finally got him!”
Balaban lives in Medina with his wife and two children.