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Soos to retire, returning in part-time role; Stowe named sections editor Print E-mail
Friday, 01 December 2017 13:21

Elaine Polomsky Soos, longtime Catholic Exponent managing editor, special sections editor, and website coordinator, is retiring at year’s end, editor/general manager Pete Sheehan, has announced.

Carol Stowe, Exponent assistant copyeditor since early 2016, will assume the position of special sections editor.

Soos will continue with the Exponent in a limited capacity as contributing/consulting editor.

Soos was hired for the Exponent in 1986 as associate editor by then-editor/associate publisher Denny Finneran. Her responsibilities included writing and reporting.

In the ensuing years, she took on the additional role of special sections editor, hiring and working with a faithful crew of freelancers, and later website coordinator. She was named managing editor in 1989.

“I look forward to the freedom that retirement offers, including continuing to have a role in the mission of our diocese’s award-winning newspaper,” Soos commented.

“And, though I will be in the office less often, I hope to be able to continue my friendships with the extraordinary people I have been blessed to work with, both in and outside the Exponent office these past three decades.

“I also eagerly anticipate having more time to spend with my already retired husband, my 95-year-old mother, our large and growing family, and friends, and to pursue several interests that, until now, I have only been able to dabble in.”

Soos and her husband, Frank, are members of Hubbard St. Patrick Parish. Together they have five children, nine grandchildren, and a 2-year-old great-grandson.

Soos came to the Exponent from the Warren Tribune Chronicle, where she served two years as religion writer, followed by four as religion editor. She converted the newspaper’s weekly church/lodge page to a unique eight-page tabloid religion section. A memorable occasion for Soos was asking a question of Mother Teresa of Calcutta at a news conference when the Nobel Peace Prize laureate visited Walsh University in 1982.

A native of Parma, Ohio, Soos graduated in 1973 from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and teaching certification. After graduation she taught Spanish and English for five years at Maplewood High School in Mecca, Ohio.


From 1978 to 1979 she served as an educational mentor for Project Outreach, a Warren-based drug counseling agency. She worked for a year as a reporter, feature writer, and then editor of the Canfield Courier before going to the Tribune Chronicle.

Soos has won awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Religion Newswriters Association. She has done freelance writing for national publications and has done graduate work in the teaching of writing, in tutoring phonics and reading, and in pastoral ministry.

She has tutored children and mentored young people in parish youth ministry, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the Children of Chernobyl project.

“All of us are grateful for the many important contributions that Elaine has made during her years with the Exponent,” Sheehan said. “We will miss her daily presence and contributions, but we are grateful that she will continue to serve as contributing/consulting editor.

“We’re also happy that Carol Stowe, who has served us well as assistant copyeditor, is ready for her new role as special sections editor,” Sheehan added.

Stowe started at the Exponent in March of 2016. Soos described her as “multi-talented, self-motivated and energetic. Carol has assisted with the special sections for almost two years now. I believe this transition will go  smoothly.”

Stowe worked for three years for Family and Community Services of Ravenna. She previously worked for four years for Valley Counseling in Warren, and, before that, was a customer service representative for Ohio Edison for 19 years.

Stowe holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Youngstown State University, a Bachelor of Business Management in human resources from Kent State University, and an associate’s degree in secretarial science from Kent.

Since 2008 she has done freelance writing and photography for the Champion Times. She served as assistant editor for a project at Pig Iron Press, Youngstown. She also taught creative writing in the after-school program for the Warren City Schools.

She has published poetry and, in 2014, was chosen to attend the Noepe Center for Literary Arts writers’ residency in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. She is in the process of writing her first novel.

Stowe is a member of St. John Paul II Parish, Warren, where she is a member of the choir, a cantor, lector, altar server, and was recently commissioned by the Youngstown Diocese as a lay leader of prayer.

Her other community involvement includes serving on the Warren Township Zoning Board of Appeals, and as a former member of the board for Pig Iron Literary & Art Works, Inc. She has been a cast member for Warren’s Ghost Walk for three years.

She and her husband, Guy, have four children, three grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

 
 

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