ALLIANCE — When Laura Kessel was a youngster in Euclid, not only did she watch the evening news, she also kept a log of the stories and how they developed from one broadcast to the next.
After nearly three decades as a journalist, she still confesses to being a "news hound."
"Working in news and working for a newspaper is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do," Kessel said Monday after being named editor of The Review and its weekly publications.
Kessel, an editor at The Canton Repository for the past four years, replaces Review managing editor Rob Todor. He has been named sports editor of The Review and The Record-Courier in Kent.
"The editorial team at The Review, and the Alliance community as a whole, soon will benefit from Laura’s dedication to bringing quality coverage each day to loyal print and online readers," said Jim Porter, publisher of The Canton Repository and The Review. "I am eager to see how her leadership helps to move the newspaper and the community forward."
Kessel joined The Repository in 2014 as managing editor and for the past three years has been the paper’s engagement editor, a post in which she supervised the newspaper’s social media feeds, organized public events and edited feature stories for the Sunday Lifestyles section and the weekly Ticket entertainment magazine.
Kessel also was a member of The Repository’s Editorial Board, a post she will continue to hold as editor of The Review. Both papers are part of GateHouse Media Ohio.
"I am very excited for Laura; she has earned this opportunity to run a newsroom," said Rich Desrosiers, executive editor of GateHouse Media Ohio. "I also am excited for the staff at The Review. Each reporter will grow under her steady guidance, lifting the entire newspaper and what it produces for readers in and around Alliance. Her enthusiasm for our profession is contagious. I’m certain the Alliance community quickly will embrace her as one of its own."
Kessel, 51, is a 1991 graduate of Kent State University. Before joining The Repository, she spent 17 years at the News-Herald in Willoughby, preceded by three years at the Morning Journal in Lorain and three years at two newspapers near Pittsburgh.
She and her husband, Will, live in North Canton.
Kessel said she was excited to take a job with more of a focus on news, and to learn about Alliance and surrounding communities.
"I’m impressed by the town," she said.
Todor is a West Branch High School and Mount Union College graduate, who became the Review’s managing editor in 2012. Before that, he was a sports reporter and sports editor for 22 years at The Vindicator in Youngstown. He started his journalism career as a correspondent for The Review.
Todor has been active in the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Alliance. He and his wife, Cindy, a teacher in Alliance City Schools, have two adult children and three grandchildren.