Trinko to become editor of The Lima News

The Lima News



David Trinko, managing editor of The Lima News, will become the newspaper’s editor on Jan. 1.

The announcement was made today by Rick Starks, president and chief operating officer of AIM Media Midwest, the owner of The Lima News, and chairman and CEO Jeremy L. Halbreich.

Trinko will be succeeding current editor Jim Krumel, who is retiring on Dec. 31 after 28 years with the newspaper, the last 20 as editor.

“We feel fortunate to have someone with David’s abilities to step into this key role,” Starks said. “David is a familiar face to many of our readers and is an outstanding journalist who truly values the importance of local news coverage, both in print and online.”

Trinko, 46, has been with The Lima News for 20 years.

“It’s an exciting and challenging time to work in newspapers,” he said. “We’ll use our resources to offer the communities we cover the news and information they want and they need. I truly believe our best days are still ahead of us.”

Trinko was named managing editor of The Lima News in 2011, directing the day-to-day news operation. From 2004 to 2011, he held positions as the newspaper’s new media editor, senior content editor and Putnam County reporter.

He began working at The Lima News as a sports writer in 1997 after graduating with a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College.

In 2000, he was named assistant sports editor at the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News. He’s also worked as a sports editor at the Northern Virginia Daily in Strasburg, Va., and the Delaware (Ohio) Gazette.

He has received numerous writing and editing awards, including a first-place national award for column writing in 1999 from the Associated Press Sports Editors. He writes a weekly column on Sundays.

“We are all extremely pleased and excited to promote David to serve as editor at The Lima News,” said Halbreich. “Throughout his time in Lima, he has demonstrated strong, steady and inspired leadership of our news operations to match his high integrity and his commitment and dedication to local journalism. We know Lima and the surrounding Allen County region will be in good hands with David in the days ahead.”

Trinko, and his wife of 15 years, Jessica, live in Ottawa. They are the parents of four children: Lissie, 20; Jill, 14; Anna, 13; and Mila, 7. They’ve also served as foster parents. Jessica is the executive director of Lima Convalescent Home.

He graduated from Arlington High School in Hancock County and was the fifth of seven children of Don and Mary Ann Trinko, who still live in the family home in Arlington.

He’s a volunteer in various ministries at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa, and has been the chairman of Allen Lima Youth Leadership since 2011. He’s a current member of Allen Lima Leadership board and was Allen Lima Leadership Alumnus of the Year in 2013.

He’s been an Allen County Workforce Policy Board member since 2009.

“I’m honored to become the next editor of The Lima News,” Trinko said. “Jim Krumel and I have worked together for many years, so I know better than anyone how big of shoes those are to fill. I also know people loved the ‘roses and thorns’ in his weekly column. We’ll find a new home for this popular feature.”


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