AKRON, OHIO — Plastics News has a new assistant managing editor, and a new reporter covering the building and construction beat.
Effective Nov. 1, copy editor Lisa Sarkis Neaville was promoted to assistant managing editor. Neaville was one of the original Plastics News editorial staffers, having joined the publication in January 1989 as an editorial assistant. Her PN positions have included copy editing and reporting. Her reporting duties had included general assignment and the thermoforming beat.
In her new position, she will handle special projects management, plus continued copy editing and page layout. Kathy Ackermann, who was special projects manager, has left that post to spend more time with her family.
Phyllis A. Codling is PN's newest reporter. She will assume Craig Urey's beats covering building and construction, labor issues, and industry health and safety. Urey is moving to the copy desk, replacing Neaville.
Codling, with 12 years of professional journalism experience, worked most recently as county editor and assistant Sunday editor at the York Dispatch/Sunday News in York, Pa. Prior to that, she was a copy editor at the Hamilton (Ohio) Journal-News. Her experience includes four years as news editor at the weekly Community Press in Cincinnati; reporting and copy-editing stints at the Fairfield Citizen-News/Westport News in Fairfield, Conn.; and news director at a small radio station in Van Wert, Ohio.
She graduated in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing from Ohio University, and did about 11/2 years of postgraduate work in print journalism there.
Sources can contact Codling at (330) 865-6161, via e-mail at [email protected], or by fax at (330) 836-2322.
Plastics News also lost a long-time correspondent on Oct. 24, when Roger Rowand, a former Automotive News staff reporter, died in Leesburg, Fla. He had battled cancer for five years.