Posted Online: June 17, 2012, 5:00 am

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By Roger Ruthhart

Photo: Todd Welvaert / staff
Samantha Wilmes, copy editor
Photo: Todd Welvaert / staff
Lacey Jacobs
Photo: Todd Welvaert / staff
Photo: Paul Colletti
Mike Bradley
Photo: Paul Colletti
Jack Cullen
I would like to take a few moments out of your Sunday to introduce you to some new staff members who will helping us bring you the best news report available in the Illinois Quad-Cities.

We have two new full-time additions to our copy desk, which is responsible for editing stories, sizing photos, writing headlines and designing pages. We are in the process of assuming these duties from our sister papers so expect more additions in the future. This will allow us to provide them with solid editing while they benefit from being able to use more of their resources in pursuit of the news.

Joining us on the desk are Samantha Wilmes and Lacey Jacobs.

Ms. Wilmes, a native of Glen Ellyn is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University. Last summer she interned on the copy desk for the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights. At EIU she was the assistant editor for the Verge section of the Daily Eastern News and also reported on entertainment events around campus. She also served stints as a copy editor/designer and staff writer at the News. She was also a writer for Amp magazine in Charleston and editor for Alpha Sigma Tau.

Ms. Jacobs came to us from Fairfield, Iowa, where she was a staff writer and copy editor for The Fairfield Ledger. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in German from St. Ambrose University in 2004 with a minor in international studies. She also was a Fulbright Enterprise Scholar at Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz, Germany, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Marketing Communications.

She has also been a marketing and public relations assistant at Eastern Iowa Job Training in Davenport; a German translator at the German American Heritage Center in Davenport, and interned with Gartenschau and Technische Werke Kaiserslautern in Germany.

Also returning to the copy desk this summer is Nathan Joyce, who interned with us last summer, too. Mr. Joyce is a native of Geneseo. He has attended Black Hawk College and Barton College in Wilson, N.C. where he was managing editor, sports editor and editor-in-chief. He is currently a student at Western Illinois University, Macomb.

Also back for another tour of duty is Rachel Warmke from Janesville, Wis. She interned with us last summer and now that she has graduated she joins us as a reporter. Ms. Warmke, a graduate of Augustana College, came to Augie to study English literature but graduated with a double major in English and multimedia journalism/ mass communication. She served as both feature editor and news editor at the Augustana Observer and was also a library assistant at the Thomas Tredway Library.

Another Augustana College student, Jack Cullen, joins us as a reporting intern. Mr. Cullen, a native of Madison, Wis., is majoring in multimedia journalism and mass communication. He has served as sports reporter, news reporter and assistant news editor of the Augustana Observer and as a reporter for The Envoy at Edgewood High School in Madison. He is a technology assistant for Information Technology Services at the college and is a three-year letter winner on the varsity tennis team.

Kelly Steiner, a native of Taylor Ridge, is another summer reporting intern. She was most recently junior editor of The Chieftain at Black Hawk College and this fall plans to write for The Buzz after moving to St. Ambrose University. Prior to joining us she interned with KWQC TV6.

Last, but certainly not least, is our photo and multi-media intern Mike Bradley from Rochester, N.Y. Mr. Bradley is a recent graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in photojournalism and minor in marketing. He was a photographer for the RIT sports information department and was a photo intern at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Mass. He also ran varsity cross country and track at RIT.

I hope you will join us in welcoming all of these talented individuals to the pages of our papers and Quad-Cities Online each day.

Roger Ruthhart is managing editor of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. He can be reached at