What We Cover
Geneva IL: News, crime, business, politics, schools, events, and announcements.
We cover anything and everything in Geneva, IL! We're striving to be truly great in the categories of public safety, government, schools and business—but we're also very big on opinion, sports and people stories.
What we cover is also what you cover.
What we want most is for Geneva Patch to be a community portal, a place where people from all areas and avenues of Geneva post blogs, community events, announcements, photos and videos, share opinions and advice, celebrate weddings, anniversaries and birthdays, remember loved ones, announce promotions, find volunteers, support a favorite political candidate, learn something about Geneva history, find a great restaurant, engage with your friends and neighbors.
To keep up on all the latest, you can follow me on Twitter and Facebook. This site features a business directory to help you find just what you are looking for. Check out the events calendar to find places to go and things to do. If you know of an event, but don't see it listed, please add it. Upload pictures of your child's latest game or band concert, comment on stories, send updates on what your PTO, business or Neighborhood Watch group is up to.
If it has something to do with Geneva, we want to know about it, share it, record it and celebrate it.
Meet Your Local Patch Team
Rick Nagel, Contributor, Editor
Rick Nagel is a Geneva resident, born and raised. He graduated from Geneva Community High School and has a journalism degree from the University of Illinois.
With more than 27 years of newspaper experience—as a reporter and editor for The Geneva Republican, editor-publisher of The Beacon News and, most recently, as vice president of editorial for Sun-Times Media, West Region—Rick may well be the saltiest Geneva journalist on the face of Planet Earth.
He's a lifelong Geneva Vikings fan, former president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association and serves on the Geneva High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee.
Rick lives on Geneva's East Side with his wife, Paula, also a GHS graduate, their two daughters, Kathryn and Tricia, and very strange, column-writing dog, AJ.
Charles Menchaca, Contributor, Editor
After studying journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Charles worked for almost three years right after graduation at the Wausau Daily Herald newspaper in Wisconsin, covering K-12 and higher education.
Before that Charles honed his skills as an intern at the Naperville Sun and then the Kane County Chronicle.
Charles grew up near Batavia and remembers venturing into that city for school field trips to Fermilab and roller skating at Funway. He's back on familiar turf and ready to tell your stories.
Nick Swedberg, Editor
Prior to joining the Patch team, I freelanced as a copywriter for businesses and wrote for the Sun Times Media chain of newspapers in the western suburbs. My award-winning work came while at the Kane County Chronicle.
Laura Rush, Contributor, Blogger, Vine
Laura Rush is a lifelong Genevan and the communications manager for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce.
Chris Walker, Contributor
Chris grew up in Joliet, attended Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox and graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in May 1994 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He has covered high school sports for several newspapers since 1999, including the Daily Herald, Beacon News, Courier News, Sun Publications, St. Charles, Batavia and Geneva Republican, Wheaton Leader and Warrenville Post.
Kurt Wehrmeister, Contributor
Kurt Wehrmeister, a resident of Geneva since 1964 and a 1975 graduate of Geneva Community High School, has been an editor, reporter (both in print and radio), columnist and communications professional for more than 35 years. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Illinois in 1979, and his work has appeared in The Geneva Republican and Kane County Chronicle, as well as in national association magazines and trade publications. His work has won awards from both the Illinois Press Association and the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association.
He has served on the Geneva Plan Commission and on the boards of the Geneva History Center, Geneva Community Chest and the Geneva Community High School Athletic Hall of Fame. For more than 30 years he served his alma mater of Geneva High as public-address announcer for both football and basketball, and in April 2010 he was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In June 2011 Mayor Kevin Burns appointed him to a seat on the Historic Preservation Commission.
Since 1991 he has worked as Director of Communications & Public Affairs for Moose International and Mooseheart Child City & School--which includes serving as managing editor of the Moose organization's 850,000-circulation membership magazine, distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is the father of two adult sons.
Meagan Holbrook, Contributor, Blogger
What is Patch?
Simply put, Patch is an innovative way to find out about, and participate in, what's going on near you.
We're a community-specific news, information and engagement platform driven by passionate and experienced new media professionals. Patch is revolutionizing the way neighbors connect with each other, their communities, and the national conversation.
We want to be the most trusted, comprehensive, and relevant news and information resource in your community. What can you do on Patch?
- Keep up with news and events
- Check out photos and videos from around town
- Learn more about local businesses and the people behind them
- Participate in discussions
- Share your perspectives via our Local Voices blogging platform
- Submit your own announcements, photos, and reviews
Who's Behind Patch?
Patch is run by professional editors, photographers, videographers, and salespeople who live in the regions they serve, and is supported by a great team in our New York City headquarters. Patch also gets advice from our Advisory Board and from many members of the community.
We look forward to meeting you and hearing your stories. If you see us around town, don't be afraid to say hi and tell us what you want to see on Patch!
Where You Come In
We hope that our sites will strengthen communities and improve the lives of their residents, but we can't do it without you. We've built Patch so that you have plenty of opportunities to comment on stories, share your opinions, post photos and announcements, and add events to the community calendar. So get to it! And if you're a business owner who wants to be listed, just let us know.
You can't truly serve a community unless you provide the help it needs most, which is why giving back is so important to us. We do it as part of our coverage — in a dedicated space that lets local charities and volunteers find each other — and with a program called "Give 5," through which we donate advertising space to charitable organizations and contribute our own time as volunteers. Want to know more? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phil Meyer is Professor Emeritus in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame in Journalism in the spring of 2008. He joined the Journalism School in 1981 and served as Knight Chair in Journalism Professor from 1993-2008. Prior to joining the school, he held a number of reporter and research positions at various media outlets.
He has won numerous awards including the 2005 Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for Research About Journalism (with Scott Maier). He was named a Fellow of Society of Professional Journalists in 2005. In 2004, the Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication gave him its Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award. And in 2000 he received the American Association for Public Opinion Research Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement.
Meyer is the author of several books including The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age and Precision Journalism: A Reporter’s Introduction to Social Science Methods. Journalism Quarterly in 2000 listed this book as one of the 35 significant books of the 20th century in journalism and mass communication; and the American Association for Public Opinion Research, observing its 50th anniversary in 1996, listed it as one of 50 significant books on public opinion research.
He received his B.S. in technical journalism from Kansas State University and his M.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina.
Steven Berlin Johnson is a pioneer in the web world, as a co-founder of FEED, Plastic.com, and Outside.in, which was acquired by Patch in March of 2011. He also co-created Findings.com, which launched in late 2011. Steven was the 2009 Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at The Journalism School at Columbia University, and served for several years as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU’s Journalism School. He is a bestselling author of seven books, and won acclaim and a Newhouse School Mirror Award for his 2010 Time Magazine cover story, "How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live."
Speaking of Steven's editorial prowess, check out this video based on Steven's book, Where Good Ideas Come From, which was named one of the best books of 2010 by The Economist.
Brian Farnham, Founding Editor-in-Chief
Brian was Editor-in-Chief of Time Out New York magazine before coming to Patch. Before that he worked for a variety of publications both online and off, including Details magazine, New York Magazine, and the old, dearly departed Sidewalk.com. He has written for numerous publications, from the New York Times magazine to Harper's Bazaar. He graduated from Bowdoin College and got an MFA in creative writing at Columbia University so he could put his novel in a drawer with distinction. He lives in Manhattan with his beautiful wife, adorable son, angelic daughter and the world's most dog-like cat. He’s proud as hell of what the Patch team has built.
Ken Paulson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the First Amendment Center
Ken Paulson is president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and in Washington, D.C.
Previously, Paulson served as the editor and senior vice president/news of USA Today. He is now a columnist on USA Today’s board of contributors, writing about First Amendment issues and the news media.
Throughout his career, Paulson has drawn on his background as both a journalist and lawyer, serving as the editor or managing editor of newspapers in five different states.
He also is past-president of the American Society of News Editors, the nation’s largest organization of news media leaders.
Paulson also was the host of the Emmy-honored television program “Speaking Freely,” seen in more than 60 PBS markets nationwide over five seasons, and the author of "Freedom Sings," a multimedia stage show celebrating the First Amendment that continues to tour the nation's campuses.
He was an early advocate of making newspaper content available online, launching online newspapers in both Florida and New York in 1993.
For 12 years, Paulson was a regular guest lecturer at the American Press Institute, speaking to more than 5,000 journalists about First Amendment issues. He was honored with the API Lifetime Service Award. In 2010 and 2011, he served as chair of the PBS Editorial Standards Review Committee.
In 2007, Paulson was named fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, “the highest honor SPJ bestows upon a journalist for extraordinary contributions to the profession.” In 2008, he received the Robert S. Abbott Memorial Award for Meritorious Service in Mass Communications from the Southern Regional Press Institute. He has also been elected to the Illini Publishing Hall of Fame at the University of Illinois.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from American University.