Ben Destefan is new EP executive editor

staff reports

The Echo Pilot and The Record Herald have a new leader of the newsroom.

Ben Destefan is assuming the role of executive editor to oversee content production at both newspapers, a move that began Monday. Destefan is transitioning from sports editor at the two publications, a position he has held since 2016.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to progress in my career while remaining with The Record Herald and Echo Pilot," Destefan said. "I've dedicated a lot of time to the sports side, and now I want to continue growing both personally and professionally. This is a new challenge that I'm very much looking forward to."

A graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School and Shippensburg University, Destefan has worked at The Record Herald since 2010, hired as a sports reporter before advancing to the role of sports editor. He also became responsible for the sports pages of the Echo Pilot beginning in the fall of 2016.

With former executive editor Dustin Haluska pursuing new career opportunities, Destefan's accountability and commitment made him a strong candidate for the position.

"Ben's experience, knowledge of the community and commitment to local news make him uniquely qualified to step into the executive editor role," said Ken Browall, publisher of The Record Herald and Echo Pilot. "I am excited to see Ben lead the news team and see how he makes us even more local."

Destefan will work with Shawn Hardy, Echo Pilot associate editor and reporter, to continue delivering local news to the Greencastle-Antrim community.

"I look forward to working with Shawn, as she is very much dialed in to what is happening in Greencastle," Destefan said. "We've worked together for several years now and I'm excited for what's ahead."

The son of Tony and Cindy Destefan, he will continue to oversee the sports section and occasionally provide content as the schedule permits.

"While I won't be covering as many events, I will still help in assuring our content remains consistent," Destefan said. "Athletics are extremely valuable to the communities, and that will be reflected in our publications."