WADENA — The Wadena Pioneer Journal recently welcomed a new editor, Devlyn Brooks, to its award-winning team.
Brooks brings extensive news and business experience to his role as publisher of Forum Communications newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena.
During his career, he was a regional reporter and editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, and editor of the International Falls Daily Journal, Faribault Daily News and Northfield News.
He was a news editor at the Fargo-Moorhead Forum and editor of The Bakken Today, which covered the North Dakota oil patch.
Along the way, he taught media writing as an adjunct faculty member at NDSU and, early in his career, started and ran a newspaper, the Agassiz Shoreland, in northwest Minnesota. .
He served as Head of Digital Content Operations and later Head of Operations in Forum Communication Co.’s Interactive Media Group, helping to deploy the company’s digital content strategy, which aims to engage audiences. with more than 30 corporate newspaper and broadcast websites. FCC websites reach more than 4 million readers every month.
For the past four years, he served as President of Modulist of Forum Communications, a media services company that handles paid user content for newspapers and other media. She specializes in handling obituaries, milestones (anniversaries, etc.) and commercial announcements, allowing individuals and businesses to tell their stories the way they want.
Brooks has also served as a part-time Lutheran pastor for the past five years, serving first as a licensed synod minister, then as an ordained minister, at Faith Lutheran Church in Wolverton, Minnesota.
As publisher, Brooks is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena newspapers. He oversees sales, news, circulation and other staff, sets sales targets, makes final decisions on editorial policy and serves as the newspapers’ ambassador to the community.
Brooks and his wife, Shelley, have four children – Garrett, 24, is a registered nurse in Burnsville; Carter, 19, is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota; Ava, 17, is a senior at Moorhead High School; and Siri, 14, is a freshman at Moorhead High.
Brooks replaces award-winning editor Melissa Swenson, who resigned last month to pursue other opportunities.