Sheryl De Vore has been watching birds, plants, and other natural wonders as well as writing stories about education, social issues, art, music and nature for more than 25 years. With an education, science, and journalism background, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and inspiration from nature. Sheryl works as a contributing editor for Birds & Blooms Magazine, a publication of Reader’s Digest, with more than 500,000 subscribers. In addition, she writes environment, nature, health, social issue and arts and entertainment stories for the Chicago Tribune and its subsidiary, the Lake County News-Sun. Sheryl also leads classes on plants and birds for the Chicago Botanic Garden, and has written for National Audubon Society and Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center publications. She also teaches music and is a member of Flutopia, an award-winning performing group of flutists.
She also is the current and founding Chief Editor of “Meadowlark, A Journal of Illinois Birds,” published by the Illinois Ornithological Society.She also served as founding and assistant editor for “Chicago Wilderness” magazine for 10 years
An author of three published books, DeVore has received many awards including the Chicago Audubon Society’s Environmental Writer of the Year, the Suburban Newspapers of America National Journalist of the Year, and the Illinois Press Association’s Best Lifestyles Section Editor.
Here is what the Suburban Newspapers of America wrote about DeVore when she won the journalist of the year award:
Sheryl DeVore, Currents editor and managing editor of the Glencoe News, won second place in the annual competition for Journalist of the Year from the Suburban Newspapers of America. The award recognizes the best journalist among all daily and weekly newspapers in North America. De Vore is a Mundelein resident.
DeVore has distinguished herself during her 23-year career at Pioneer Press through a blend of enterprise, public affairs, spot news, environmental and features reporting. She was promoted to managing editor in 2005.
Her assignments this past year testify to her versatility: covering the aftermath of a tragic murder, informing consumers about the dangers of identity theft, writing a local nature column and producing the four-part Backyard Wilderness series.
SNA judges said: “Sheryl DeVore shows great versatility in covering tragic news such as the murder of a pastor and his son and enlightening readers about the world around them. Every community newspaper needs a reporter with her range.”
In his nominating letter, Editor in Chief John Ambrosia wrote, “Sheryl has that rare combination of initiative, curiosity and leadership that makes her one of our most respected employees. She’s an editor, reporter, writing coach and team builder.”
DeVore has taught journalism classes at Northwestern University, and has presented many nature, bird, and writing classes and workshops for The Field Museum, The Nature Conservancy, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Lake County Forest Preserves. Her articles have appeared in publications of the National Audubon Society, the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Chicago Wilderness, the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times Media and many others.
DeVore has worked full-time for the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times Media, where she wrote and edited stories as well as managed web sites and community interaction.
In addition, she has served as Managing Editor for Shaw Media where she led a team of reporters, photographers, interns and columnists to win a record number of awards for the Lake County Journal (now called Lake County Suburban Life). DeVore designed two newspapers and oversaw three websites, two Facebook pages and two twitter accounts. Among the first place awards received under DeVore’s direction were best design, best news story, best personality profile and best special project. DeVore edited and/or wrote articles for these projects and designed the paper that received the best design award.
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