WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A local journalist will join the Regional Chamber at the end of the month, replacing Tony Paglia as the vice president of government affairs.
Guy Coviello, who currently is the editor of the Tribune Chronicle in Warren, will begin his new role Sept. 30. Paglia, also a former newspaper editor who spent many years at the Youngstown Vindicator, retired from the Regional Chamber in May.
As vice president of government affairs, Coviello will be responsible for representing the interests of the Chamber and the business community with federal, state and local elected officials, as well as handling all news media relations.
Coviello will primarily create and lead opportunities for Chamber member participation in government administration and the legislative process in state and local forums; represent and lead the Chamber in the appropriate local, state and federal arenas; and inform, advise and lead members on government and legislative issues that affect their companies. He also will coordinate activities of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Council and Grow Mahoning Valley, a coalition of business, government, and labor leaders, charged with prioritizing and promoting infrastructure projects in the Valley.
“We look forward to the contributions Guy will make to our team and membership. His talent and years of experience in the media realm serve to enhance the efforts of the Regional Chamber,” president and CEO Tom Humphries said.
Coviello has been a longtime employee of the Tribune Chronicle in Warren, having started in 1984 as a sports writer. In his most recent position as editor, he oversaw all newsroom operations, as well as 29 employees and a dozen freelancers.
He also created a regional editors group with other newspapers in the Tribune’s chain to collaborate on assignments and share resources to increase content and reduce expenses. Other positions he held at the Tribune included managing editor, assistant managing editor, opinion page editor, news editor, youth editor and copy editor.
The Liberty resident, who received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Youngstown State University, has been a part-time journalism instructor at the university since 1998. Coviello also has been a fixture at the YSU English Festival for many years, leading the journalism workshop event and judging entries.