SHEBOYGAN — The Sheboygan Press has lost another reporter, bringing their staff down to just three for a county with a population with over 115,000.
Phillip Bock, who has been a reporter at the Sheboygan Press since June 2015, left the fading newspaper to work for Sargento Cheese. The former reporter will work as a corporate communications specialist for the Plymouth-based company.
Before joining the Press in 2015, Bock had worked at the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter for nearly two years. With Bock’s departure, that leaves the Press with one reporter, one photographer and one editor.
This is the latest in a series of losses for the 117-year-old newspaper. Last year, the Press shut their doors to the public. A notice posted on the front door states the lobby is closed and to call a phone number instead. In December 2016, reporter Josh Lintereur left to accept a position with Mead Public Library.
In July 2015, the Sheboygan Press had a staff of nine and less than three years later, they only have a staff of three including the editor. Just two from 2015 have stayed at the Press. Long time photographer Gary Klein and Bock, until his departure this week.
Since 2015, the Gannett-owned newspaper has had three editors and the current editor, Leah Ulatowski, has been on the job since September 2016.