Veteran Centre Daily Times reporter and editor Chris Rosenblum has been named director of communications for the State College Area School District.
Rosenblum, who most recently served as an assignment editor, will join the school district effective Jan. 5. He has agreed to continue to write regular columns and occasional features for the CDT on a freelance basis. His work for the newspaper will not cover the school district.
In his new role, Rosenblum will be responsible for coordinating all of the district’s external and internal communications, serving as the principal spokesman and conveying the accomplishments of teachers and students.
“This is an exciting opportunity for me to share the school district’s accomplishments and stories in the way I’ve had the honor of doing for Centre County over many years,” Rosenblum said.
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He joined the CDT in 1995 and has won more than 40 regional and state journalism writing awards during his almost 20 years as a senior news reporter, features writer, sports writer and editor.
“Chris has been a key contributor to the success of the CDT for many years,” president and publisher Debra Leithauser said. “We obviously will miss him in the newsroom but are excited that we can keep sharing his story-telling with our readers.”
Rosenblum, who graduated from Brown University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in East Asian history, said he has many fond memories of his years at the CDT.
“I care deeply about the Centre Daily Times, my professional home for almost two decades, and I know it’s in excellent hands,” Rosenblum said. “I’m going to miss working with Debra, (Executive Editor) John (Boogert), my newsroom colleagues and the rest of the CDT staff as they lead the paper forward and continue to cover our growing community. They’re a sharp, committed team, and I wish them the best.”
SCASD Superintendent Bob O’Donnell said he is “thrilled” to have Rosenblum on the team.
“Chris is a natural fit for the school district,” O’Donnell said. “His expertise in communications and in-depth knowledge of our community will help us to better showcase our students’ accomplishments and communicate our goals and initiatives to the community. Because of his presence in our community over time, his relationships will also help us to understand thinking from community members throughout the school district.”