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Kelly McGowan, an Iowa State graduate and a four-year member of the Des Moines Register staff, has been named the editor of the Ames Tribune. Photo special to the Tribune/Kelly McGowan

Kelly McGowan, an Iowa State graduate and a four-year member of the Des Moines Register staff, has been named the editor of the Ames Tribune.

McGowan started the job Monday. She will oversee the staff and production of the Tribune, its website and six affiliated weekly publications: the Boone News-Republican, Dallas County News, Nevada Journal, Perry Chief, Story County Herald and Tri-County Times.

“This community is important to me and I’m honored to be joining the hardworking journalists here to provide trustworthy coverage of Ames and the surrounding areas,” McGowan said. “I’m excited to connect with community members and bring readers stories about issues that affect them.”

McGowan graduated in 2015 with dual degrees in Spanish and journalism and mass communications. She was a reporter for the Iowa State Daily, and after graduation worked for about a year as an editor and reporter for newspapers in and around Hampton, where she helped lead the startup of the Spanish-language publication Viva Iowa.

At the Register, she first worked as a reporter and an editor of community sections, and most recently as a producer, editing content for online and print publications and promoting the Register’s content on social media platforms. She also has spearheaded increasing Register content and audience on Instagram.

“Kelly is a thoughtful, accomplished editor who will help the staff strengthen content across print and digital platforms,” said Carol Hunter, executive editor of the Register. “I look forward to seeing the good journalism that she and the staffs of the Tribune and its weeklies will produce.”

McGowan replaces Michael Crumb, who joined the Des Moines-based Business Record as a reporter.

She has been a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run International, which uses a running-based curriculum to promote confidence, joy and good health among elementary school students. She’s also read with a Des Moines elementary student weekly as part of a United Way literacy and mentoring program.

She lives in Des Moines. The Tribune staff is working remotely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but when the staff returns to its offices, McGowan plans to split time between Ames and Des Moines.