Newton Daily News Publisher Dan Goetz announced Tuesday that Abigail Pelzer has been named editor.
Pelzer, the current managing editor of the Times-Republican in Marshalltown, brings more than 12 years of newspaper experience to the Newton Daily News. She will join the newspaper next month.
“We’re very pleased to bring Abigail on board to lead the newsroom and share her talent with the community,” Goetz said.
An award-winning journalist, Pelzer has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and graphic design journalism from Grand View University.
Pelzer began her newspaper career as a reporter working for the Pioneer-Republican in Marengo and then moved on to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, where she worked on the city beat.
She went on to work as a reporter for The Messenger in Fort Dodge before being promoted to its news editor. She’s been the editor at the Marshalltown newspaper for the past five years.
Pelzer has received numerous accolades for her work in the newspaper industry. She recently earned state newspaper awards for her news reporting, editorial writing and community leadership. She is the recipient of the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Young Iowa Journalist Award.
In Marshalltown, Pelzer served on the Marshall Economic Development Impact Committee, American Red Cross Board and the Marshalltown Young Professionals Executive Board. She also volunteered for the Marshalltown Central Business District’s Main Street program and was a founder of Marshalltown’s anti-bullying initiative, Not In Our Town.
Pelzer and her family live in rural Newton.