MITCHELL, S.D. – Luke Hagen has been named The Daily Republic’s new managing editor, according to Publisher Seth Tupper.
Hagen formerly served as the paper’s assistant editor. The newsroom’s top position opened March 17 when Tupper, the previous editor, was promoted to publisher.
Tupper selected Hagen from a nationwide field of applicants.
“Since he arrived at The Daily Republic in 2008, I’ve seen Luke dedicate himself to constant improvement,” Tupper said. “He possesses a real commitment to journalistic quality, along with a knowledge of Mitchell and the area, and great leadership skills. I’m proud to have him at the helm of the newsroom.”
Hagen, 27, grew up in Alexandria, Minn., and graduated from Jefferson Senior High School in Alexandria. He has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with an emphasis in print journalism from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he served as the sports editor of the student newspaper, The Advocate.
In 2010, he was promoted to The Daily Republic’s sports editor, and in 2013 was promoted to assistant editor of The Daily Republic, covering education, outdoors and county government and assisting with newsroom management.
“Mitchell, its community members and the surrounding area have been extremely welcoming since we moved here in 2008,” Hagen said. “I’ve always been proud to help bring the news to those people and all of our readers, and I continue to feel that way. I want to help keep our newspaper as relevant in the community and the area as it has been for years.”
Hagen has won numerous awards for his work. In 2013, he was named South Dakota’s Outstanding Young Journalist by the South Dakota Newspaper Association in the daily newspapers category.
As managing editor, Hagen will lead a staff of 13 employees in the newsroom. He’ll be responsible for the news content of the six-day daily newspaper, special sections and the newspaper’s website.
Hagen and his wife, Shannon, a New Ulm, Minn., native, are expecting their first child in June.
The The Daily Republic is owned by Forum Communications Co., a multimedia information company based in Fargo, N.D., which owns dozens of newspapers, websites, television and radio stations, and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.