Shelly Conlon has been named managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light. She will begin her new duties on Monday, July 20.
Conlon will be filling the position held by Aaron Schwaderer, who has held the position since October 2013.
Schwaderer’s last day with the Daily Light is today and he will begin a new career with Ennova Learning where he will be assisting high school students identify and achieve their higher educational goals.
“Aaron has done an outstanding job during his tenure at the Daily Light and we will miss his leadership in the newsroom,” said Neal White, editor and general manager of Waxahachie Newspapers, Inc. (WNI).
Since joining the Daily Light in 2011 following his graduation from East Texas Baptist University with a degree in mass communications and English, Schwaderer began his journalism career as lead reporter for the Midlothian Mirror and general assignment reporter for the Daily Light before being promoted to a supervisory position.
“We sincerely wish Aaron and his wife Jessica all the best as he begins a new career — helping young people achieve their educational dreams, a career for which he is very well suited,” White said.
Conlon joined the Daily Light news team in December 2013 following her graduation from the University of Texas - Arlington with a degree in communications/journalism.
In July 2014, she was promoted to the position of digital news editor, helping lead WNI’s digital media content strategy.
Earlier this year, Conlon received her first awards for journalism excellence from the Texas Press Association, Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Association and Best of GateHouse News Awards.
Conlon was also selected as a 2015 Rising Star by GateHouse Media, recognizing the top newsroom talent within the company, which consists of nearly 500 newspapers nationwide, including several major metropolitan dailies.
This week Conlon, along with the 13 other Rising Star honorees, received advanced newsroom training during the 2015 Rising Star Institute held in Austin.
“Shelly is a tremendous asset to our newsroom,” White said. “While we hate losing Aaron, we are very fortunate to have the depth of talent in our newsroom — Rising Stars nonetheless — just waiting for their opportunity to shine.”