Tribune names business editor

WARREN – Longtime journalist Virginia Shank has been named business editor of the Tribune Chronicle.

Shank, who has worked at the Tribune Chronicle the past five years, has more than 20 years experience in newspaper writing, working full time, part time and as a correspondent. Most recently she covered local police and crime issues in Trumbull County and previously she covered education for the Tribune.

Shank replaces Brenda J. Linert who last month was named editor of the Tribune Chronicle.

“Virginia is an excellent fit for this fast-paced position,” Linert said. “She is a very hard worker, and we are eager to have her fill this very important role at the newspaper.”

As business editor, Shank will be responsible for writing and editing content of the daily business section, along with other business-related special sections regularly produced by the Tribune Chronicle.

She started her career as a writer for the Tribune-Review in Greensburg, Pa., and later worked as a features / entertainment writer and news reporter at the Beaver County Times in Beaver, Pa., for seven years. She also has written for The Vindicator in Youngstown.

Shank holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an associate’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University.

She also has worked as a job coach / program coordinator in Pennsylvania, where she worked with children services and the juvenile justice system assisting incarcerated youth and teenagers living in foster or group homes develop daily living and job skills. She also has worked in public and media relations, writing news releases, creating newsletters and speaking on behalf of various groups and organizations.

Shank has received several recognitions for her writing from the Associated Press and other organizations.

She and her husband, Ron, live in Austintown. They have four children, Dawn, Rebecca, Kali and Tyler, and a granddaughter, Kiara.