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Julie Buntjer named editor of The Globe

Longtime reporter promoted to newsroom's top post on July 29.

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Julie Buntjer

WORTHINGTON — The Globe’s newsroom is under new leadership with the promotion of long-time reporter Julie Buntjer to the role of editor, effective July 29.

Buntjer has 28 years experience in journalism, the past 17½ of which have been with the Worthington newspaper. In addition to reporting on agricultural and watershed issues, she covered Nobles County government and wrote many enterprising and feature stories for The Globe.

“Julie has played a significant role in the success of The Globe over the years,” Publisher Joni Harms said. “She brings a deep passion for the community and desire to educate and inform the citizens of Worthington and surrounding area. She is beloved, respected and a joy to work with. I am excited to watch her build her team and guide them going forward.”

Buntjer grew up on a hobby farm south of Worthington, where she developed a love for the prairie, her herd of goats and flock of turkeys, and free time for fishing. She is the daughter of Lorna and the late Donald Buntjer, and has three brothers, Kevin, Randy and Jason. After graduating from Worthington High School, she earned her associate of arts degree from Worthington Community College and her bachelor of science in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University in Brookings.

After college, she worked for Tri-State Neighbor, an agricultural publication in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and then became a reporter for the Redwood Gazette in Redwood Falls. She was promoted to editor of the Wabasso Standard, where she spent four years before returning to her hometown to write for The Globe.

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“I am excited to become the next editor of The Globe,” Buntjer said. “The newspaper industry has experienced many changes in recent years, and my goal is to continue to produce a quality, accurate and informative newspaper for readers in the communities we serve.”

Buntjer becomes The Globe’s first female editor in its 149-year history.

“Forum Communications Co. has always been a company of opportunity for its people,” Harms shared. “Julie’s promotion is a great example of the company’s acknowledgement of talent within its organization and quest to reward hard work and dedication. She will take The Globe to the next level.

“Our goal is to continue to be a strong, healthy, community-minded news source that grows and changes not only with our community, but with our industry as well,” Harms added.

Buntjer serves on the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce agribusiness and Nobles County Extension committees. A former 4-H and FFA member, she is a longtime 4-H volunteer, and has taught numerous needlework classes to 4-H youths.

In her free time, she enjoys cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery, travel, reading and spending time with her nine-month-old puppy, Chloe.

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