CHEEKTOWAGA — Matthew Ondesko is the first managing editor ever named by Metro Group Inc., the parent company of the Springville Journal.
Ondesko will be responsible for managing 13 editors and reporters for 24 weekly community newspapers that cover five counties of Western New York.
Ondesko started with Metro Group in 2002, as a part-time reporter. He was later promoted to assistant editor in February of 2005 and named managing editor on May 7 of this year.
Ondesko said that he wants to bring a fresh perspective and a vision of making Metro Group into one of the best weekly community newspapers, in the country. He said that he plans to accomplish his vision through “hard work, staff training and development and by being immersed in the local communities.”
Ondesko has received three Association of Free Community Papers awards for original sports writing. He holds an associates degree in communications and media arts, from Erie Community College.
Ondesko lives with his wife Tara and 3-year-old son Christian in the village of Hamburg.
Metro Group Inc. is Western New York’s largest publisher of free and paid weekly community newspapers. Metro Group newspapers are home-delivered to more than 300,000 households, weekly.