Detroit — The Plastics News editorial department is announcing two promotions.
Rhoda Miel has been named managing editor. A graduate of Central Michigan University, Miel was a reporter for daily newspapers in Michigan for 15 years covering agribusiness and local governments before joining PN in 2000.
As a Detroit-based reporter, she covered the auto industry, tooling, office furniture and housewares before being named news editor in 2014 and assistant managing editor in 2019.
"I'm very happy to announce Rhoda's promotion, which is really a recognition of the key role that she already plays on our editorial team," Editor Don Loepp said. "In addition to that, her daily Kickstart email and blog has won wide acclaim from readers, and it's helped drive traffic to our website."
In addition, Amy Steinhauser has been promoted to senior art director. She joined PN in Detroit in 2019 as art director. In early 2020, she also took on the role of art directing two other titles in the Global Polymer Group, Urethanes Technology International and Sustainable Plastics.
Prior to joining PN, she had extensive editorial experience, including as art director, at well-known brands such as TV Guide, Blackbook and The Onion. She has a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Pratt Institute.
"Amy has taken responsibility for producing several other Crain polymer group titles, which means she's almost always managing multiple publication deadlines at once," Loepp said. "Our readers appreciate her award-winning graphics and page designs."