Veteran journalist Benjamin Wideman is the newest addition to The Country Today editorial team.
Wideman recently was hired as the eastern Wisconsin regional editor. He will oversee coverage in several counties, including Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Fond du Lac, Forest, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Washington.
“Wisconsin is a truly wonderful place filled with many intriguing people, and I look forward to sharing their stories and photos with The Country Today readers,” said Wideman, who will be based in De Pere, just south of Green Bay. “It’s an honor to work alongside dedicated people at The Country Today, because they have proven that this really is ‘the newspaper that cares about rural life.’ ”
The Neenah native has produced thousands of stories and photos during an award-winning 20-year journalism career. He has received more than 50 statewide accolades from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association for his writing, photography, page design and online projects, in addition to several other honors from other organizations.
Wideman is familiar with agriculture and rural life. After working on a farm during two summers while in high school, Wideman graduated from UW-Oshkosh before following in his father’s footsteps and embarking on a journalism career. He covered a wide array of topics over the years, including agriculture, news, business, features, sports and outdoors. He also served as a freelance writer for newspapers from New York to Los Angeles.
“Perhaps my favorite aspect of journalism is the tremendous variety,” he said. “I could be working on a story in a hospital emergency room one night and then watching a calf being born on a dairy farm the next day, and then end the week by participating in training drills with firefighters. Meeting people in so many different walks of life and sharing their stories invigorates me on a daily basis.”
Wideman also spent the past few years working at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, first as the director of communications/media relations and most recently as the athletics director for the college’s eight intercollegiate teams.
“We are very fortunate that we have been able to add Ben to our staff,” The Country Today Editor Jim Massey said. “(Eastern Wisconsin Regional Editor) Sara Bredesen has decided to move to part time prior to her retirement later this year, and I am certain that the two of them working together will make a great team covering the eastern side of the state.”
If you have story ideas in Wideman’s coverage area, please email him at email@example.com.