Three new staff mem­bers joined the Herald-Times (Bloom­ington) newsroom as part of the paper’s initiative to better serve readers and the com­munity.

Two new reporting positions will allow the newspaper to pursue more in-depth, watchdog stories while continuing to provide day-to-day coverage.

Joining the staff are reporters Michael Reschke and MaryJane (MJ) Slaby.

Both are familiar with Bloomington as former Indiana University students.

Slaby returns to the city from the Journal & Courier (Lafayette), where she most recently covered education. She will cover higher education for the Herald-Times.

Reschke is a native of Bloomington who most recently was commuting to the Martinsville Reporter-Times, part of parent company Hoosier Times media group. He will be one of two watchdog reporters who will be assigned to a variety of topics, writing when news breaks but also being given time to pursue longer-range projects.

Also joining the staff is Bill Thornbro, a page designer and editor who will work primarily with the sports department. Most recently he’s been running his own business in Muncie. His newspaper design work was honored regularly when he worked for The Times of Northwest Indiana.

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