Managing editor to take on new career
After 25 years at the newspaper, Klevorn accepts position at Epworth
Interim managing editor to begin soon
On Friday, April 13, Patti Klevorn will step down from her role as managing editor of the Ludington Daily News, putting an end to a 25-year career that helped define an era for a newspaper and informed a community.
Klevorn will continue to apply her expertise in the field of communications to another long-standing area institution, the community of Epworth.
“We are extremely delighted to welcome Patti as our director of communications and marketing. Her outstanding work at the LDN and active involvement in the community over the last 25 years make her an excellent fit and we are pleased to welcome her to Epworth,” Epworth General Manager Kim Hamm and Board President Bill Weber said.
Daily News Publisher Ray McGrew, who has worked with Klevorn since joining the LDN family in 2014, commended her commitment to quality reporting and said he wishes her the best in her future endeavors.
“She’s been a pleasure to work with,” McGrew said. “She transitioned into the managing editor position and took charge of the editorial department and has done a very noble job of it in keeping standards up for the newspaper and the community.”
Klevorn said her decision to leave the LDN is bittersweet and did not come easily, but she is looking forward to starting this new chapter.
“It’s hard for me to think of leaving the newspaper and the people I’ve known and come to love through my career here, but at the same time I am eager to start a new chapter in my work life,” she said. “Epworth has opened its arms to welcome me, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue my career at this beautiful resort cottagers have come to know as their home away from home.
“What I hope folks know, and I think they do, is I’ve given this job my everything. It’s been a great blessing to be able to live and work in this gorgeous and loving place. I don’t regret a minute of it. Now, I have the opportunity to do what I love for a community within a community.”
Klevorn’s departure will also be felt by members of the community who have come to rely on her commitment to documenting the area’s news, as well as colleagues who have depended on her leadership and commitment to the job.
“Patti is an integral part of this community,” said Jamie Spore of Ludington, Miss Wheelchair Michigan 2016 and a close friend of Klevorn’s.
The two got to know each other years ago through Klevorn’s work at the newspaper, but their friendship has transcended the workplace.
“We are extremely blessed to have her here,” Spore said. “She cares a lot about our community, and that really shows through her involvement in organizations such as the Rotary Club, (Community Foundation, Chamber of Commerce) and more.
Klevorn said she will stay connected to the community she’s covered for so long, and will continue to be a friend and supporter of the Daily News.
“I will continue to read newspapers, including this gem of a paper we have in Ludington, and appreciate all of the hard work that goes into getting the stories that matter to the community and telling them fairly and accurately,” she said, adding that she had confidence in the paper’s staff writers and contributors to uphold the standard of quality set long ago. “Our staff and correspondents are top-notch. I just can’t say enough good about the people who work here at the Ludington Daily News.”
What comes next
The Ludington Daily News’ parent company, Community Media Group, is currently conducting a national search to ensure that a qualified managing editor is selected to fill Klevorn’s position, according to McGrew, who said readers should expect the same quality coverage they’ve come to depend on from the Daily News in the interim.
“In the meantime, no one should really notice anything different in the news coverage because we have an outstanding staff and she has an outstanding crew working for her that will continue to do what they’re doing, working hard to get the news out like we always have.”
Read the full story in Monday’s Ludington Daily News print and e-Editions