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Newsroom leadership moves for Lehigh Valley Business

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Berg and Hirko
Berg and Hirko

The top editors at the Central Penn Business Journal have recently expanded their leadership roles to the Lehigh Valley area.

Editor Joel Berg and managing editor Cathy Hirko are now overseeing the news department for Lehigh Valley Business.

“As far as Lehigh Valley Business is concerned it is business as usual,” said publisher Mike O’Rourke. “We will continue to produce quality news about businesses throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley. We look forward to the addition of Joel and Cathy to our staff.”

Both editors have extensive newsroom experience.

Berg joined the Central Penn Business Journal in May 2015 after teaching journalism and writing classes for York College and Gettysburg College.

Before that he covered numerous beats for the Business Journal and regularly freelanced for local and national publications, including the Patriot-News in Harrisburg and trade publication American Banker. His work in reporting and editorial writing has been recognized statewide and nationally.

“I am looking forward to my new role at Lehigh Valley Business and to our continuing coverage of this dynamic region of Pennsylvania,” Berg said.

Hirko joined the Business Journal in February 2016 after holding several editor positions with the York Daily Record and The Evening Sun in Hanover. She has been recognized statewide for her coverage of breaking news and women business leaders.

“I’m excited to be working with both newsrooms. It’s imperative that both Lehigh Valley and Central Penn newsrooms still work independently. That’s not changing,” Hirko said. “The advantage to our readers is that we will find innovative ways to leverage the strengths of our teams for both markets.”

Both Berg and Hirko will be spending time in both newsrooms on a weekly basis.

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