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RPN makes several changes to editorial staff

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Rubber & Plastics News has announced several changes to its editorial staff. The changes include (top, left to right) Edward Noga, who is leaving his role as editor and will serve as a contributing editor; Bruce Meyer, who has become the executive editor; (bottom) Donald Detore, who succeeded Meyer as managing editor; and Jennifer Karpus, who will split her time between her current publication, Tire Business, and RPN.

AKRON—Rubber & Plastics News has made several changes to its editorial staff.

Bruce Meyer has been named executive editor of RPN, becoming the lead editorial staff member of the publication. Donald Detore has succeeded him as managing editor, and Edward Noga has ended his role as editor and will be a contributing editor of the publication.

In addition, Jennifer Karpus, a reporter with sister publication Tire Business, now will split her time between RPN and Tire Business.

Meyer has been RPN's managing editor since 1995. He came to the publication in 1988 from the Galion (Ohio) Inquirer, where he worked for three years as a reporter and then news editor. At RPN, he first joined the staff as a reporter, then was the labor beat editor from 1990 until becoming managing editor.

He received his bachelor's degree in telecommunications with a concentration in journalism from Kent State University in 1984. His book on the history on the United Rubber Workers union was published in 2002 by the University of Akron Press.

Detore joined RPN in March as a copy editor. Prior to that, he served as executive editor at GateHouse Ohio Media, overseeing the print and website publications of the Canton Repository, Massillon Independent, Dover-New Philadelphia Times-Reporter, Jackson Suburbanite and Green Suburbanite.

Detore, who has a bachelor's degree from Walsh University, spent more than 27 years with the Repository, serving as a sports writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and managing editor before being promoted to executive editor. During his tenure, the Repository was named Ohio's top newspaper in its division for six consecutive years by the Associated Press.

Karpus will write news and feature stories for RPN and also focus on its social media activities. She joined Tire Business in August 2012, where she writes for the print edition and is the social media blogger for

She previously worked for about two years as an editor for PR Newswire Association L.L.C. and for a year at Cleveland-based Sun Newspapers. She graduated from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in March 2009. She currently is participating in Minneapolis-based Capella University's online MBA program with an expected graduation in February 2014.

Noga served as editor for 27 years, succeeding Ernie Zielasko, RPN's founder and also its first editor and publisher. He will work as a consultant and continue to produce a column, along with news and feature stories.

Noga joined RPN in 1979 as managing editor and held that job for seven years before becoming editor. Prior to joining RPN, he was editor of an Ohio statewide business publication, after spending several years as a reporter and copy editor at the Medina County Gazette. He also was a part-timer for the Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio, and a freelancer.

Holiday publication schedule

The last print issue of Rubber & Plastics News for 2013 was published on Dec. 16, but it's not the last opportunity to keep up with the industry.

News is updated daily at, and our Global Tire News and Silicone News email newsletters will continue to be published during the holiday season.

Subscribers to the print edition will receive the Rubber Directory & Buyers Guide print version, scheduled to be mailed in early January. The next print edition of RPN will be published Jan. 13.