Vandalia Rotary Club member Gary Sosniecki was elected President of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE) at the organization’s annual meeting last week in Durango, Colorado. Sosniecki and his wife, Helen, were the owners, publishers, and editors of The Vandalia Leader from 2003-2007. The Sosnieckis will be hosts of the 2015 ISWNE conference at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia next June. ISWNE’s members are located in the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, and Scotland.
Gary Sosniecki is a regional sales manager covering a nine-state territory for TownNews.com headquarter at Moline, Illinois. He also was general manager of TownNews’ Creative Services from 2008-2012. He joined the company in January 2008 after a 34-year newspaper career that included owning three weekly newspapers and publishing a small daily, all in Missouri. In addition to The Vandalia Leader, Sosniecki, with his wife, Helen, owned the Humansville Star-Leader from 1980 to 1986, the Webster County Citizen in Seymour from 1988-1999. From 1999-2003, they were editors and publishers of The Lebanon Daily Record and vice presidents of its parent company, Lebanon Publishing Co., in Lebanon, Mo. He also has worked for The Jackson, Tenn., Sun, the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, and the Hillsboro, Kan., Star-Journal.
Sosniecki is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He is a past president of the Missouri Press Association, the Missouri Press Service, and the Ozark Press Association He, along with his wife, was a vice president of the Missouri Associated Press. He is a two-time recipient of the Golden Quill award for editorial writing from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE), and he and his wife received the organization’s lifetime-achievement award, the Eugene Cervi Award, in 2003. At the 2014 conference, he was elected ISWNE president after serving three years on its board of directors and one year as vice president. Sosniecki and his wife received the National Newspaper Association’s Community Development Award in 1998 and its President’s Award in 2007.