Renee Berg chosen as new DCI News Editor
Renee Berg got her journalism start at her college newspaper in Mankato, Minn., telling her editor-in-chief there that she wanted to write stories but was too shy to talk to people. He laughed and laughed and assigned her to go interview a college administrator.
Now today, Berg counts interviewing people as one of the best parts of her job. She took over as Dodge County Independent News Editor last week.
“I’m thrilled with her experience and her passion for community journalism,” said Rick Bussler, publisher and owner of the Dodge County Independent.
After college Berg went on to work for a variety of newspapers, including the Winona Daily News, the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald and the Sun chain of newspapers in the suburbs of Minneapolis. She went on to serve as medical reporter for the Post-Bulletin newspaper in Rochester and then she returned years later to the newspaper to act as Special Sections Editor, churning out special sections on topics ranging from entertainment to real estate.
Berg then changed fields and went into marketing for non-profit agencies and for-profit businesses, expanding her resume significantly. She worked at PossAbilities, the National Association on Mental Illness Southeast Minnesota and BrokerBin.com.
Most recently she’s been a busy freelance writer, writing for a variety of publications in southeast Minnesota. This summer she won a Society of Professional Journalists award for a Rochester Magazine article she wrote about a Rochester woman who fell to her near death while hiking out west. The feature story took first place.
Berg is eagerly diving into her new job as News Editor of the Dodge County Independent. “I’m first and foremost a storyteller, and I love sharing people’s stories,” she said. “I can’t wait to get to know people in our community and share their stories with our readers.”
Berg takes over for Alex Malm, who is pursuing a new job in Rhode Island.