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Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 11:23 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 2:29 p.m. CDT

Kyle Wilson has been named managing editor of the Creston News Advertiser.

Wilson, 28, replaces Managing Editor Stephani Finley upon her retirement Jan. 31.

Wilson will oversee the editorial duties of both the Creston News Advertiser and Osceola-Sentinel Tribune including news and sports departments.

Wilson is a 2003 graduate of Creston High School. He then studied at Southwestern Community College and Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo.

During high school and while attending SWCC, Wilson was a sports intern for the Creston News Advertiser.

Wilson worked at the Christian County Headliner in Ozark, Mo., 2007 to 2009. In 2009, he returned to the Creston News Advertiser as sports editor.

In 2010, Wilson became CNA assistant managing editor.

“I’m so thankful for this opportunity,” Wilson said. “There is a long-standing tradition of journalism excellence at the Creston News Advertiser that dates back more than 130 years. It will be my aim to uphold that tradition and continue to provide informative and entertaining content to our readers each day.”

Wilson lives in Creston with his wife Stormy (Weis) and 7-month-old daughter Harper.

Wilson will be assisted by Jake Waddingham as associate editor.

Waddingham, 23, is a 2008 graduate of Orient-Mackburg High School. He studied at Southwestern Community College and University of Texas at Tyler, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science.

While at SWCC, Waddingham was a sports intern and later hired as a part-time news and sports reporter for the Creston News Advertiser before leaving for college in Texas. After graduating from college last year, he returned to Iowa and the Creston News Advertiser as a general reporter.

“This next step in my career is a humbling experience,” Waddingham said. “I give Stephani a lot of credit for sparking my interest in journalism, and I hope to use the lessons I have learned to continue and improve on the excellent tradition she helped establish at the Creston News Advertiser.”

Waddingham is single and lives in Creston.

Sandy Allison has been promoted to circulation manager. Allison has been district manager at the CNA since 2009.

Allison, 38, is a 1994 graduate of Creston High School. She attended the International Aviation and Travel Academy in Arlington, Texas, before returning to Creston and working as a travel agent at Overall Travel until it closed.

She started working for the CNA as a driver and later an inserter before being promoted to disrict manager.

Allison lives in Creston with her husband Dustin and five children.

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