Longtime Omaha World-Herald writer/editor Josie Loza returns to UNO

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By Jackson Taylor, News Editor

The Gateway student newspaper has welcomed a new publications manager this spring semester. Josie Loza spent 15 years at the Omaha World-Herald, and her last three as editor of momaha.com, the much-loved online community for moms. Loza said goodbye and has returned to her alma mater, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, to serve as publications manager of The Gateway. Loza’s ties to The Gateway are strong. She started working for UNO’s newspaper when she was a freshman. She worked her way to become news editor and eventually, editor-in-chief. Along with The Gateway, Loza began working at the World Herald when she was just 18-years-old, running errands and doing little tasks that the editors needed done. Loza went from filing photos, to writing obituaries, to covering entertainment. “I was fortunate to find great mentors who guided my career and supported my efforts,” Loza said in her goodbye blog to the World Herald. “I quickly climbed the ranks, going from part-time, night and weekend general assignment reporter to a full-time position in the features department.” Loza covered nightlife stories for some time at the World Herald and then focused on momaha.com. She transformed the website into a widely popular platform for moms and dads to read articles on personal, local and national issues relevant to their lives as parents. It was a place to help parents make decisions, big or small. After long-time publication manager Carol Buffington retired, the university believed they had the perfect fit for the job. After narrowing it down to two candidates, Loza was offered the position said it was one she could not refuse. “I get goosebump excited about my return onto campus to work with a team of young, bright-eyed aspiring journalists,” she said. “Not to mention the opportunity to unleash my creativity and make meaningful contributions that’ll unlock the potential in students.”

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