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Justin Conn, a Herald & Review reporter since 2007, has been named sports editor of the Herald & Review and herald-review.com

Executive Editor Chris Coates made the announcement Tuesday.

“Justin is a talented journalist who knows this community,” Coates said. “I’m excited about this important step forward for us.”

A native of Keokuk, Iowa, Conn started at the Herald & Review in November 2007 as a sports writer. He moved to the newsroom in December 2015, where he covered healthcare and the Decatur Park District, and wrote a weekly column that appeared on Tuesdays. 

He is a graduate of Western Illinois University and started his journalism career at the Macomb Journal in May 1998.

“Sports is a passion in Central Illinois, and I’m excited to once again be part of bringing the stories of the people who play those sports to our readers," he said. "I loved my time on the news side and learned a lot from it, but this has been a dream of mine for a long time.”

Conn replaces Mike Albright, who left the position last month after 30 years with the newspaper, more than 15 as its sports editor. 

“Mike worked hard to make the section what it is today," Conn said. "I’m proud to follow in his footsteps.”

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