Taige Hale recently joined the Dallas County News and Perry Chief as the editor. She started the position in June.


Hale is originally from Aberdeen, South Dakota. She attended college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated in May of 2017.


She then went to work at the Aberdeen American News as a copy editor. Hale’s responsibilities included editing the stories and laying out the pages.


Her fiance is from Iowa and they were looking to relocate to a bigger area like Des Moines. Hale started looking for jobs and found the open editor position at Dallas County News.


The position was the right fit, she said, as her fiancee’s family is from Waukee.


“The first time I spoke to Taige, her thoughts about the news industry were refreshing and engaging,” Publisher Lisa Widick said. “I think she’ll be a perfect fit for our papers and I’m excited to see what lies ahead.”


Hale has enjoyed getting to know the people in the various communities she covers, from Redfield to Adel to Dallas Center, Waukee and more.


“Everyone has been really nice so far. Whether it’s in the office or out in the community that I’m in,” Hale said. “I like that since they are smaller towns that I’m covering, everyone is really energetic about their events and they like gathering as a community.”


Hale added that it makes the job more fun when people are excited about what she is writing about.


She is looking forward to bringing her experience in page design to her position with the Dallas County News. She is looking to incorporate fun designs, pull quotes and more color into the paper down the road.


“Taige’s page design abilities really struck me when I looked at her samples,” Widick said. “I’ve felt for some time now that both of my newspapers, the Perry Chief and the Dallas County News, could use a face lift and I think she’s the person to do that for us.”


Hale likes to look at the page design from a reader’s point of view. She wants the reader’s eyes to go straight to the main story on the front page.


She is also looking forward to getting to know the Dallas County communities better.


“I’m excited to be here. It’s a great office, it’s a small enough staff where you get to know everyone,” Hale said. “But it’s a big enough coverage area where no day is ever boring.”


Hale can be reached at thale@adelnews.com.