Pete Sheehan Named New Editor/General Manager for Catholic Exponent
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:50

             Pete Sheehan, a Youngstown native with 35 years of experience in the Catholic press, will return to his hometown September 3 to assume the duties of Editor/General Manager at the Catholic Exponent.

            Sheehan, 57, returns to the diocese and the newspaper where he served as a staff reporter from 1979 to 1986 before moving to New York to become senior reporter at the Long Island Catholic, where he served from 1986 to 2012.

            “The Catholic Exponent and the Diocese of Youngstown are fortunate to have a journalist with Pete Sheehan’s experience and knowledge of the Catholic Church to serve as the next Editor and General Manager of the Catholic Exponent,” said Msgr. Robert Siffrin, diocesan vicar general and moderator of the curia. “Having someone with previous years of experience at the Exponent who knows the geographical layout of the diocese and understands the history and traditions of our diocesan parishes is an important plus as he takes over management of an experienced staff. We welcome Pete back to northeastern Ohio and look forward to his service to the newspaper and to the diocese for many years to come.”

            Sheehan’s first job in journalism was at the Niles Daily Times, where he worked in 1978-79 as a county reporter, covering local government, business, labor and politics. While with the Long Island Catholic, at one time the largest Catholic newspaper in the nation, Sheehan was involved in weekly production, story planning, and proofreading, in addition to his reporting role. He also served as a community liaison and represented the newspaper on local radio programs.

            Sheehan, a 1974 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School and a 1978 graduate of John Carroll University, is currently a resident of Mill Neck, N.Y. He grew up in Youngstown St. Dominic Parish and later joined Youngstown St. Patrick Parish, where he served on the parish council, the education development committee, and a capital fund drive.

            He has been a frequent contributor to national Catholic publications throughout his career, including Our Sunday Visitor, Columbia, the National Catholic Register, the National Catholic Reporter and more. His articles have also appeared in the New Oxford Review, National Review Online, and the Youngstown Business Journal. His work most recently appeared in the Oyster Bay Enterprise-Pilot (New York). Sheehan has been honored by the Catholic Press Association with national awards for Best Personality Profile, Best News Analysis (twice), and Best Profile.

            Sheehan and his wife, the former Mary Grieco, a registered dietician, are the parents of two sons, Joe, 16, and Michael, 13. They are members of St. Dominic Parish in Oyster Bay, N.Y.

            Sheehan’s father, the late C.T. “Pete” Sheehan, was a staff member of the Youngstown Vindicator from 1941 to 1981, working as a reporter, assistant city editor, and then city editor. Sheehan’s mother, the late Winifred Coyle Sheehan, was a registered nurse at the former St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown, and an instructor in its nursing school.

            Sheehan succeeds Lou Jacquet, editor and general manager of the Catholic Exponent since 1996, who has moved to a part-time role in the chancery, working with diocesan archives.