AKRON, OHIO-Plastics News has a new staff reporter and a new Latin America correspondent. John Couretas, who has 10 years of news reporting experience, joins the publication at its Akron headquarters from Lansing, Mich., where he had been freelancing for the past year. A native of Pontiac, Mich., Couretas, 40, spent 1986-1992 at the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press, covering local government and business, including banking, insurance, automotive and general manufacturing.
Prior to that he covered the machine tools, labor and automotive beats for the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, and worked for two years for Crain Communications Inc.'s Business Marketing monthly magazine in Chicago.
Couretas, who also worked for two years on a General Motors Corp. assembly line in Pontiac, earned a bachelor's degree in humanities from Michigan State University and a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
South of the border, Richard Higgs is Plastics News' new Latin America correspondent, based in Mexico City. The British-born Higgs, 45, has a wealth of print and radio journalism experience.
He has reported for daily and weekly newspapers in England, worked as features editor on the United Kingdom-based Packaging Week, and presently is serving, on a freelance basis, as Latin American editor for the biweekly news journal Paper.
Higgs has lived in Mexico City for about three years, and has traveled through more than 30 countries as a freelance reporter and photojournalist. He can be reached at (52) 5-673-3260.
Higgs replaces Johannes Werner, who relocated recently to Ann Arbor, Mich.