WEST BEND - The newest Daily News reporter and
Hartford Times Press editor brings with him an award-winning
background in investigative journalism.
VanDeLaarschot, formerly of the
Times in Minocqua, won a Wisconsin Newspaper Association
award for his investigative work on an affair between a Vilas
County Sheriff’s deputy and the clerk of courts on county time.
The deputy was fired and the clerk lost in the next election.
“It’s our job
to make sure the government is serving the way they should be
and above board,” VanDeLaarschot said.
He got his
start putting out the community newspaper while at Pulaski High
School and received a degree in journalism from the University
of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. With more than 30 years experience in
journalism, he’s worked in Wisconsin most of his life, he said
on Monday, his first day on the job.
background in reporting and editing, he said he’s looking
forward to continuing his career in community journalism in
something you can’t get somewhere else,” he said of community
news, calling himself naturally curious.
seeking news, he enjoys reading, fishing, history and being a
shareholder of the Green Bay Packers. He’s awaiting his wife
Teresa, who has family in Waukesha County, to join him.
“Joe has an
extensive background in journalism, from features to
investigative reporting,” Editor Jennifer McBride said. “We
welcome him to the Daily News and look forward to making him
part of our community.”
can be reached by email at
Vandelaarschot@conleynet.com or by phone at 306-5054.