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John Broux, of Pana, is the new general manager and editor for the Vandalia
Leader-Union. He began his duties on Monday, Feb. 8 and will also serve as the general manager for the Altamont News-Banner.
A native of Pana, Broux began his career with the Pana News-Palladium in 1986, before moving on to more regional assignments at the Taylorville Breeze-Courier, and WXKO-FM radio, in Pana. He returned to the Taylorville newspaper a year later as circulation manager.
He entered full newspaper management while at the Aledo Times Record. He has served at other newspapers in various capacities in Iowa and the eastern part of Illinois – in the Mattoon and Paris area.
Broux is perhaps best known throughout the Central Illinois area while he served as a district executive for Lincoln Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He went on to serve on the district committee and is a merit badge counselor with the Greater St. Louis Area Council.
He comes to Vandalia after serving as the group editor and operations manager with the Pana News Group, having been the editor for six publications in that organization. He also comes with experience in ad sales, layout, and circulation.
Broux succeeds Rich Bauer, who retired from the Leader-Union after a 40-year career.
“I feel like I am standing in the shadow of a giant,” Broux said in assuming the helm of the newspaper. “Rich has had such a successful and fruitful career in Vandalia, I hope I can live up to all of the area communities’ expectations.”
Broux comes to Vandalia as a career community journalist, covering all facets of activities. He is both a national and a state award winner for both his photographs and articles.
“Every newspaper I have been at has belonged to has been owned by various individuals and companies, but the newspapers have actually belonged to the communities they have been located in, as well as the surrounding areas. That is why I will need the communities help in bringing all of the local events and happenings to the newspaper,” he said.