Wichita Eagle Appoints New Editor; hire a journalist
The Wichita Eagle begins the new year with a new editor and a new reporter.
Marcia Werts held various editing roles for The Eagle from 1998 to 2019. She then worked in Wichita for the McClatchy Co., based in Sacramento., Eagle’s parent company, before returning to The Eagle as editor in January.
âI want to see Wichita have solid journalism, and I think The Eagle is the place that has always provided it and will continue to provide it,â Werts said.
After growing up in a rural area outside of Kansas City, Werts graduated from Baker University, where she was the editor of the student newspaper.
Werts said that while she enjoyed being a journalist before, she also enjoyed “working with journalists and helping to shape stories.”
She said sometimes that means helping reporters if they’re stuck on stories, and sometimes it just means getting out of their way, sitting down and saying, “Wow, great job.”
What is called surveillance journalism is particularly important to Werts, she said. It involves keeping an eye out for governments and agencies that affect people. Werts said it is often difficult for people to get the information they need from these entities. She said there can also be misinformation, “especially today, but always”.
âIt is important for us to find out the truth, to find out what is going on, to shed light on things for our community,â she said.
âI like to tell stories. I like to give people news that they don’t know. Tell them things that could affect their life. It’s just a lot of fun.
Storytelling is also what drew Eduardo Castillo to the business. He’s a new late-breaking reporter for The Eagle, although he initially had no plans for a career in journalism.
Castillo’s parents immigrated to Los Angeles from Mexico in the 1990s, and it was there that he spent the first decade of his life. His youth affected his future.
âI was born with a speech impediment,â Castillo said.
He stammered as a child. After his parents moved to Wichita and he then started attending Butler Community College, Castillo thought he might want to be a speech therapist.
When transferred to Wichita State University for his final two years of study, Castillo switched to journalism on the advice of his mother’s friend, who was an administrator for $ 259.
âI have always had a passion for storytelling.
This passion extends to words, and that’s why even though he prefers to be called Eduardo, he prefers people who can’t roll the letter R when they speak to call him Eddie instead. Castillo said he couldn’t stand having his first name slaughtered, although he understands why it’s hard to pull an R for people who don’t speak Spanish.
âI don’t think that’s something you can teach,â he said. “Spanish was my first language, so I naturally learned to roll my R’s.”
After school, Castillo worked for KWCH, Channel 12, where he was a producer and photographer, and as a marketing director for a real estate team.
Castillo said he liked that every day when he comes to work as a breaking news reporter he doesn’t know who he’s going to meet or what he might meet.
“That’s what keeps me energized.”
As a journalist, he said: âI had the chance to tell people about the best days of their lives and also the worst days of their lives. It made me more sympathetic. It also taught me to deal with my own emotions.
The Eagle editor-in-chief Michael Roehrman said he was delighted to be added to The Eagle’s roster. âI am delighted that we are recruiting someone with the expertise of Marcia Werts to help us run our newsroom. And I’m also delighted that Eduardo Castillo brings his passion for journalism and for Wichita to our efforts, âsaid Roehrman. âI can’t wait to see the great work they will do for this community. “
Werts acknowledged that there have been a lot of changes in journalism, much like society, but he is happy with the team The Eagle is building.
âI am delighted that its future has a strong core of journalists. “
This story was originally published January 4, 2022 5:00 a.m.