Veteran Journalist Joe Schratz Tapped as Chief Reporter for Jonesboro Right Now

Giving instant credibility to its new online news site, Trey Stafford, President/General Manager of the Jonesboro Radio Group, has named seasoned journalist Joe Schratz as the Chief Reporter for the soon-to-be launched JonesboroRightNow. The announcement comes as the latest development in the expansion of media offerings in the region.

Joe Schratz, a distinguished alumnus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, brings a wealth of experience to his new role. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1985, Schratz embarked on a storied career that has seen him make substantial contributions to the field.

Commencing his professional journey at the Arkansas Democrat, Schratz swiftly made his mark, eventually ascending to the position of Editor of the North Little Rock Times. His expertise and dedication led him to editorial roles in prominent publications, including the Bethlehem Globe Post in Bethlehem, PA, and the Burlington County Times in Burlington, New Jersey, where he served as Copy Editor and Business Editor.

Schratz’s illustrious career path converged with the Jonesboro community in 2007 when he assumed the roles of Assistant Managing Editor, News Editor, and Reporter at the Jonesboro Sun, where he served diligently until his move to JonesboroRightNow in March 2024.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the new venture, Schratz remarked, “I’m stoked about the opportunity to help build the new JonesboroRightNow project.” His commitment to journalistic excellence and community engagement underscores his dedication to continue delivering quality news coverage to the residents of Jonesboro.

Rachel Anderson, Editor-In-Chief of JonesboroRightNow, voiced her excitement about Schratz’s appointment, stating, “Having someone with Joe’s journalistic experience onboard is truly invaluable. His insights and expertise will truly enrich our newsroom.”

Trey Stafford, emphasized the significance of Schratz’s addition to the team, affirming that his presence “immediately puts JonesboroRightNow in the Jonesboro news business.”

The launch of JonesboroRightNow marks a milestone in local journalism, offering residents a new dynamic platform for comprehensive news coverage tailored to the community’s interests and needs. With Schratz at the helm, the venture is poised to make a significant impact on the media landscape in Jonesboro and Craighead County.

Jonesboro Right Now will officially go live on Tuesday, April 2, promising to provide timely, relevant, and insightful coverage of the latest developments shaping Jonesboro.