Amy Gilligan, Telegraph Herald managing editor, will become executive editor on Jan. 1.
Gilligan, 51, joined the TH in 1990 as a copy editor and subsequently held several newsroom leadership positions, including six years as city editor and the past 8½ years as managing editor.
Gilligan will become the first woman to serve as the TH top editor, and the first Dubuque native in the role in 90 years.
She will report to Steve Fisher, publisher of the TH and Woodward Community Media and general manager of Woodward Printing Services.
“Amy’s experience and market knowledge will be a great benefit for our readers, and minimize any disruption we may have experienced from someone new to Dubuque,” Fisher said. “I am particularly happy that we are able to promote from within, and add more gender diversity to our senior management team.”
Gilligan will succeed Brian Cooper, who after 30 years as executive editor requested a reduced role with parent company Woodward Communications, Inc. He will serve as TH editorial page editor and special projects resource.
Gilligan, a member of the TH Editorial Board for more than 20 years, has won several state and regional awards for editorial writing, written in collaboration with Cooper.
“Amy is more than ready for this opportunity, and she’ll do a great job,” Cooper said. “Not only is she an outstanding journalist and manager, as a Dubuque native, she cares deeply about this news organization and this community.”
Over the past 20 years, Gilligan has written a humor column and produced two books, collections of those columns. She has twice been named Master Columnist by the Iowa Newspaper Association, most recently this year.
Gilligan was honored as the 2015 Chamberlin Fellow by the Iowa Newspaper Foundation and the journalism school at her alma mater, Iowa State University.
She is married to Iowa District Court Judge Michael Shubatt, and they are parents to four children.