Daily News welcomes reporter/editor to community

Daily News Staff

April 16, 2014

 

Joe VanDeLaarschot

WEST BEND - The newest Daily News reporter and Hartford Times Press editor brings with him an award-winning background in investigative journalism.

Joe VanDeLaarschot, formerly of the Lakeland 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.

With background in reporting and editing, he said he’s looking forward to continuing his career in community journalism in Washington County.

“It’s something you can’t get somewhere else,” he said of community news, calling himself naturally curious.

When not 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.”

Vandelaarschot can be reached by email at Vandelaarschot@conleynet.com or by phone at 306-5054.