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Jeff Long

The Effingham Daily News was having phone difficulties, but the installation of a new phone system on Thursday should take care of that.

You can still call our general phone switchboard and get an automated directory: 217-347-7151. But our news and advertising staffs also have direct phone lines now.

To reach our publisher and advertising director, Amy Winter, call 217-347-7157. You can also email her at

A general line for the newsroom is 217-347-7152. You can also email news releases and photos for the community page and the markets page to This is also a good place to send information about upcoming events that you want to alert us to for possible news coverage, or to provide news tips you think we should check out.

For anything news related, you can always contact me – Jeff Long, the editor – directly at 217-347-7156. My email is

Let me know about news you think would be good for the front page, or story ideas for our many magazines – the quarterly Effingham Magazine, the biannual A Day Away, and the annual Progress. Don’t forget our annual Farm Fair sections that are devoted to the thriving agriculture industry in our area, and to the Effingham County Fair. (My grandkids can’t wait for the 2022 fair. And neither can I.)

Our news editor, Cathy Griffith, oversees community news, the business page and obituaries. She can also answer any other questions about news coverage. Reach her at 618-510-9180 or by email at

Charles Mills covers Effingham County, Altamont and various other surrounding communities. While we search for a reporter to replace Zach Roth, who has since moved on to a bigger paper. Charles is also filling in on coverage of the City of Effingham and Unit 40. Reach him at 618-510-9226 or by email at

Alex Wallner is our sports editor. Reach him at 618-510-9231 or by email at

Jody Hardiek is our advertising sales supervisor. Reach her at 217-347-7155 or by email at

DeeAnn Bauguss is an advertising sales associate. Reach her at 618-510-9232 or by email at

Julie Harkins is also an advertising sales associate. She can be reached at 618-510-9233 or by email at

Contact Chantal Hosin to submit a classified ad at 217-347-7153. Classifieds can also be emailed to

If you missed your newspaper, or want to subscribe to the paper or sign up for unlimited digital access or both, call our main switchboard at 217-347-7151. You can also email our circulation department at

Speaking of digital access, a cool feature of our website is the the “e-paper” – a digital replica of our printed newspaper. At the top of our website,, you’ll see a link for the e-paper.

Subscribers can read replicas of the paper going back to 2013 by clicking “search archive” on the right side once you’re in the e-paper. That’s a cool feature if you want to find a particular news story or community event or a memorable game on our sports pages. You can download a PDF of that page or that whole edition by clicking on “pages” on the right.

Effingham Daily News Editor Jeff Long can be reached at or 217-347-7156. Follow him on Twitter@EDN_editor

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Graduated with a degree in journalism from UW-Madison in 1987. Reporter at a newspaper outside London, England. Then a reporter at papers in Pennsylvania and Virginia. For 13 years, a reporter and editor at the Chicago Tribune. Named EDN editor in 2014.