Address: 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone: 708-524-8300

Dan Haley

Editor & Publisher
Growing Community Media Publisher

Dan was one of the three founders of Wednesday Journal in 1980. He’s still here as its four flags –
Wednesday Journal, Austin Weekly News, Forest Park Review and Riverside-Brookfield Landmark – make the switch to the nonprofit model of Growing Community Media. He sees independent community journalism as the glue that makes a neighborhood vital.

Michael Romain

Education REporter
Austin Weekly News Editor

Michael Romain started his own news blog called the Village Free Press in 2013. A few years later, the blog caught the attention of a former editor with Growing Community Media, who took him out for coffee at a local Starbucks. In 2015, after freelancing for a few months, he was hired as editor of Austin Weekly News and education reporter for Wednesday Journal. He has a dual degree in English and creative writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

James Kay

Digital Strategist

After graduating from University of Iowa with a bachelors degree in Journalism & Mass Communication and Sports Studies, James joined Growing Community Media in 2019. He served as Wednesday Journal and The Landmark’s sports editor before moving over to digital strategy. James grew up in Oak Park and will argue with anyone who thinks Salerno’s Pizza doesn’t have the best slice in town.

Alex Rogals

Staff Photographer

Alex graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a bachelors degree in Photojournalism. After working out in New Mexico, they joined Growing Community Media in 2017 as the staff photographer and photo editor. You can find them out with their cameras covering Chicago’s Westside, Oak Park, Riverside and more.

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