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Lewistown’s William Whisler is new Sentinel sports editor

From staff reports

LEWISTOWN — Sentinel publisher Ruth Eddy is pleased to annouced that Lewistown native Will Whisler is the new Sentinel sports editor, effective today.

Whisler replaces longtime sports editor Jeff Fishbein, who is stepping into the lifestyles and special projects editor role previously held by recently retired Jane Cannon Mort.

“It will be great to be able to bring back a native of the community to oversee our sports department,” Eddy said.

Whisler should be no stranger to regular Sentinel readers, as he has previously served as a freelance sports writer, and as an intern in our sports department this past summer. He most recently had been a sports reporter for the Gettysburg Times while finishing his education at Shippensburg University, from which he plans to graduate with a master’s degree in communication studies.

Whisler will serve in a part-time capacity while completing his studies, projected for December. Fishbein will continue to oversee sports until that time.

“We are fortunate to have a tenured and committed journalist/editor step into the role of lifestyles and special projects editor,” Eddy added.

“We are excited not only to welcome Will back to our newsroom, this time as sports editor, but also for Jeff taking on a new role as our lifestyles and special projects editor,” Sentinel managing editor Brian Cox said. “We are looking forward to what a talented individual like Will brings to the table as well as putting Jeff’s experience and wide range of abilities to good use on important projects like Juniata Valley Magazine, the Living section in each Saturday’s edition and our annual hardback book, among many others.

“We would be remiss if we didn’t also thank Jeff for his service to local athletes as sports editor for the past 11-plus years, his continued willingness to take on a variety of roles in addition to running our sports department and his willingness to take on the unique challenges the role of lifestyles editor presents. Jeff has proven his tremendous value to our newsroom time and again and we are happy to allow him to serve our readers in this new capacity.”

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