The Reporter (newspaper)

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The Reporter
(formerly known as the Worth-Palos Reporter)
Format Weekly newspaper (uses a Thursday publication date)
Owner(s) Regional Publishing
Publisher Amy Richards (since 2005)
Managing editors Jason Maholy
Founded 1960
Language English
Headquarters Palos Heights, Illinois, United States

The Reporter is an American weekly community newspaper based in the Chicago suburb of Palos Heights, Illinois, and serves the Illinois communities of Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, Worth, Chicago Ridge, Palos Hills and Hickory Hills. It has both print and online editions, with a print circulation of 18,000. It is a Thursday newspaper delivered to subscribers via mail, but hits news stands Wednesday.

The newspaper is produced and printed by Regional Publishing Corp., which also publishes The Regional News and many high school and college newspapers including those of Joliet Catholic Academy, Oak Lawn Community High School, Carl Sandburg High School, Moraine Valley Community College, Elmhurst College and the City Colleges of Chicago.


It was founded in 1960 to serve Worth, Chicago Ridge, Palos Hills and Hickory Hills. The newspaper was known for many years as the Worth-Palos Reporter, the name signifying the two townships the newspaper serves (and still referred to as such by many older readers, despite not carrying that name since the mid-1980s). The paper eventually added Alsip, Crestwood and Bridgeview to its coverage area. The paid-circulation newspaper expanded again in 1983 into Oak Lawn – one of the largest municipalities today in south suburban Cook County – and Evergreen Park.

Charles Richards, then-owner of Regional Publishing Corp., purchased the newspaper in 1986. Most of the existing staff was retained as was the office in Chicago Ridge. A year later, the newspaper's office was moved to Regional Publishing's office at 12247 S. Harlem Ave. in Palos Heights. The newspaper eventually dropped Alsip, Crestwood and Bridgeview from its coverage area.

It established an online edition in January 2006. The website includes videos and sports blogs, as well as news updates during the time between print editions.


The newspaper publishes three editions: Palos Hills-Hickory Hills, Worth-Chicago Ridge and Oak Lawn-Evergreen Park. The only differences among the three editions are the front pages, which each carry news most specific to the two towns each edition serves. The newspaper places a strong emphasis on local news and is known as a "hyperlocal" newspaper, meaning it covers almost exclusively news and events relevant only to the people in the communities it serves, and rarely covers news outside those communities regardless of the magnitude. For example, the paper did not cover the 2008 presidential election; however, did write localized stories related to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 because members of the communities the newspaper serves participated in relief efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi.

It also has an award-winning sports section that covers local high-school and college athletics. Some subscribers get the newspaper solely for this section, called Sports Southwest. Sports editor Ken Karrson does most of the writing and managing editor Jason Maholy doubles as sports photographer.

The newspaper's arts and entertainment section, Out & About, includes movie reviews, an events calendar, and the occasional restaurant review. The section received second place in its class (Division C, which includes the largest non-daily newspapers in Illinois) in 2008 from the Illinois Press Association.


The newspaper is published by Amy Richards, who took over Regional Publishing from her father, Charles, in 2005. Its managing editor is Jason Maholy and its staff writers include Bob Jaderberg and Kevin Olsen. Contributing writers are movie reviewer Jase Howell, and health columnists Dee Woods (alternative medicine) and Anthony "The Wine Guy" Scarano (naturopathic medicine).

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