When Today’s AdVantage transitioned into AdVantage News at the beginning of 2014, no one quite knew what to expect, ourselves included. For nearly 30 years, the established publication had created a solid foundation in the community, and the employees had forged a tight bond of teamwork and dedication.
Suddenly, that kingdom was thrown into chaos with a new owner and a brand new batch of co-workers. Our previous office, with a handful of offices and a small production area, was tailor-made for Today’s AdVantage, but not quite ready for AdVantage News. Those of us who invaded found ourselves sharing a chunk of office, or even setting up shop in hallways and cubbyholes, as the established crew was forced to scoot over for us like crowded pews on a Sunday morning.
And everyone wondered … would this experiment even work?
The answer was a resounding “yes.” Not only did the old guard take us in and immediately treat us like family, the Riverbend did as well, and nearly three years into this project, we think we have molded and tweaked this publication into something of which we can all be proud. When things get hectic, we forget to step back and see the impact, and that makes the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community appreciated and treasured that much more. You keep us going.
Now, with the addition of publications for Granite City and Edwardsville, along with various other endeavors, we find ourselves needing to add to our family once again, and two new additions to our newsroom will allow us to better serve our readers.
Theo Tate has been a freelance writer for AdVantage News for more than a year and now has joined the team full time. Theo graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 1997 with a bachelor of science in journalism and spent the next 11 years as a sports reporter for the Suburban Journals of St. Louis, while also juggling library clerk positions with Collinsville High School and the Mississippi Valley Library District. He began covering sports for AdVantage News in 2015 and recently was hired as a full-time reporter, covering sports for all three editions as well as contributing to the news side.
“(AdVantage News) is a terrific company to work for,” Theo says. “My goal is to provide good coverage for news and sports for the Granite City, Edwardsville and Riverbend areas. They have great people and I want to provide great news on what is going on in these communities.”
“Since Theo’s hire he has worked tirelessly on the local sports front, covering events for all three of our publications and doing a fantastic job at it. Once prep sports ramp up in the fall, I believe Theo will truly be an awesome asset for the AdVantage News, too. I’m glad to have him as part of the staff,” sports editor Bill Roseberry says.
Theo resides in Collinsville.
Nathan Grimm is our newest addition to the wordsmith squad. Nathan graduated from the University of Illinois C-U in 2009 with a bachelor of science in news-editorial journalism. In addition to his stints as a St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Rams beat reporter, he served as the general assignment reporter for the Highland News Leader, covering municipal and education beats until 2014, when he came to Alton and worked as a reporter for The Telegraph, covering business and county government and also serving as city editor.
He has joined AdVantage News as an editor/senior reporter.
“Having worked in the Riverbend area for a few years now, I’m really excited to get to continue to interact with the people and cover many of the same things I have been while also taking on new responsibilities,” Nathan says. “I’m excited to now get to bring those people, places and things to AdVantage News readers.”
Nathan resides in Bethalto with his wife and son.
We have admired Nathan’s writing style for a while, and I could not be more excited to bring him into the fold; both he and Theo will truly make our publication better than ever, and I am really looking forward to hearing what our loyal readers have to say about the additions.