Mark Maley brings over 30 years of journalism experience as The Elkhart Truth’s new managing editor.

Maley, 57, was the public information officer for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. in Madison, Wis., but he is a journalist at heart and missed the news business, according to The Truth.

The lifelong Midwes­terner grew up in Chicago and worked in the Chicago area before becoming executive editor of a chain of 23 weekly newspapers in suburban Milwaukee operated by Community Newspapers Inc.

After five years there, in 1994 he joined the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel as its suburban editor, and then became the state and political editor of Wisconsin’s largest newspaper. In the 16 years he was there, he was the paper’s first database/computer assisted reporting editor and became involved in its digital operation, overseeing 26 local community-based websites.

In 2010, he became the regional editor of 15 websites that were part of Patch.com’s Wisconsin network.

In 2013, AOL laid off 900 of its 1,000 journalists, including Maley, and he went to work for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s administration.

Pete VanBaalen, general manager of The Elkhart Truth since November, said Maley brings a great combination of print and digital experience.

“He has worked hard in community journalism over the years, even being a part of a Pulitzer Prize nominee,” VanBaalen said.