AKRON, OHIO — Plastics News has a new staff reporter in Detroit and a new correspondent in Europe. Joseph Pryweller joins the newspaper in Crain Communi-cations Inc.'s Detroit office Dec. 26, and will assume the automotive beat, plus some coverage responsibilities for mold making and other industry sectors. He replaces reporter John Couretas, who left the company, but who still may contribute to Plastics News on a freelance basis.
Pryweller, a 39-year-old native of Grand Rapids, Mich., brings with him five years of daily newspaper reporting experience, plus several years of experience writing for a Washington-based trade association. He most recently worked for Bader Rutter & Associates, Wisconsin's largest public relations/advertising agency.
He has a bachelor's degree in communications/business from Michigan State University and earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 1987.
During his four-plus years at The Daily Press in Newport News, Va., Pryweller earned that newspaper's Reporter of the Year award, as well as several Virginia Press Association honors. Pryweller also worked as a business reporter at the Des Moines Register and the Kansas City Business Journal.
After Christmas, Pryweller can be reached in Detroit at tel. (313) 446-1693 or via e-mail at [email protected]
Meanwhile, Richard Higgs, Plastics News' Latin America correspondent in Mexico City for the past three years, has relocated to his native England, from where he now will contribute plastics industry news from Europe.
Higgs, 48, has traveled extensively as a freelance print and broadcast journalist, contributing to daily and weekly newspapers and to packaging and paper industry trade journals, in addition to Plastics News.
He can be contacted in Uckfield, about 30 miles southeast of London, at tel./fax +44 (1825) 763 430. Plastics News expects to name Higgs' replacement in Mexico shortly.