2 employees promoted in Lifestyle

Julie Reppert has been named the Lifestyle-Education editor at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. She replaces Dana Borick Brigandi, who recently was named the assistant director of college relations at Lycoming College. Reppert, of Williamsport, is a native of Lebanon.

She began at the Sun-Gazette in July 2011 as a general news assignment reporter who also covered the police and fire beat. She was named assistant Lifestyle editor in January 2012. As Lifestyle-Education editor, she will be responsible for the Sunday Lifestyle section, the Monday Education section, daily Lifestyle pages and special publications, including Senior Sun.

Reppert graduated from Lebanon Catholic High School in 1999. She received three associate degrees in communications and a bachelor’s degree in management from Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2006.

A community volunteer, Reppert has been active with the American Cancer Society as a Relay For

Life team captain, public relations volunteer on the planning committee for the Relay For Life of Williamsport and a member of the Volunteer Leadership Council for the ACS. She is a member of Penn College’s One College Avenue advisory committee, is the Sun-Gazette’s United Way in-house campaign manager, and volunteers and participates in many nonprofit and local organizations. She also is vice president for the Susquehanna Valley Derby Vixens, a local roller derby league.

Lyndsey Hewitt will replace Reppert as the assistant Lifestyle editor. Hewitt, of Lock Haven, graduated from Lock Haven University in December with a bachelor’s degree in communication media and a minor in art. Her duties as assistant Lifestyle editor will include handling wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements for the Sunday Lifestyle section; writing stories about local residents and nonprofit organizations; and updating Lifestyle news on the Sun-Gazette website at “http://www.sungazette.com”>www.sungazette.com.

Hewitt was editor-in-chief for the 2011-12 academic year at Lock Haven University’s student newspaper, the Eagle Eye. She is passionate about traveling and experiencing new cultures. Though she has spent the last 10 years living in Lock Haven, she grew up in Iowa, where her extended family still resides.

“I’m excited for this new opportunity to work at such a great newspaper,” Hewitt said. “I’m very thankful to have met Dana Borick Brigandi while I was still a student; she initially helped get my career in journalism going.”

“Dana has nurtured the Lifestyle and Education sections as well as our annual Graduation section, monthly Senior Sun and special holiday sections into some of the most prolific products the Sun-Gazette publishes,” Sun-Gazette Editor David F. Troisi said. “Julie brings the same vision, attention to detail, compassion and organization to the job, so I am confident she will continue the excellence of this part of the newspaper.” Reppert may be reached at 326-1551, ext. 3109, or via email at jreppert@sungazette.com. Hewitt may be reached at 326-1551, ext. 3108, or via email at lhewitt@sungazette.com.