Mike Verespej joined Plastics News on March 31 as its Washington-based staff reporter. He replaces Steve Toloken, who now is reporting for the newspaper from Hong Kong, as part of the publication's increased coverage from Asia.
Verespej began his career in 1970 as a reporter for The News-Herald daily newspaper in Lake County, Ohio, and spent more than two years reporting from the Cleveland office of the Associated Press. He then joined IndustryWeek magazine in Cleveland as an assistant editor in 1973 and spent the next 28 years there, serving as news editor, special projects editor and finally senior editor for the 250,000-circulation magazine.
He also was editor-in-chief for Advanstar's Frontline Solutions, a magazine covering supply-chain management, and editor-in-chief of Reed's Purchasing magazine. Most recently, he was deputy news editor of Transport Topics, a national weekly business publication in Alexandria, Va.
Verespej, a Cleveland native, earned a journalism degree from the University of Detroit. He can be reached in Washington at (202) 662-7325 or [email protected] crain.com.
Toloken, meanwhile, was PN's Washington reporter for almost nine years before relocating in late January to Hong Kong, where he supplements PN's growing roster of freelance correspondents in Asia.
Katherine Sima is contributing from Shanghai, and Gurdip Singh is reporting from Singapore. Sima, an American from Atlanta, has lived in China since 1998 and has worked as a language instructor, reporter, editor and as vice president for a U.S. financial due-diligence firm in Shanghai.
Singh, a Singaporean of Indian heritage, is a veteran news reporter, having worked for newswires such as Agence France-Presse and United News of India, as well as for petrochemical, oil and steel trade publications.