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April 28, 2014

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Veteran Journalist Named Catholic Times Editor

SPRINGFIELD — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki today announced that Scott Mulford has been appointed editor of Catholic Times, the official publication of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, effective July 1. Mulford succeeds Kathie Sass who will retire as editor in addition to her position as director of the diocesan Office for Communication.

“I am very pleased to announce Scott Mulford as our new Catholic Times editor,” Bishop Paprocki said. “Mr. Mulford brings an impressive depth of media knowledge to the diocese with more than 38 years of leadership positions in news, public affairs and public information.”

Mulford joins Catholic Times from the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, where he served as press secretary in the Springfield office. Prior to that, Mulford was public information officer at the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System, and a news and program executive for public and commercial television stations in Illinois and Missouri. He also held adjunct faculty appointments at Lincoln Land Community College, Sangamon State University (now University of Illinois Springfield), Western Illinois University and Culver-Stockton College.

Mulford earned his bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. After receiving his master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Mulford began his professional career at KTTN Radio in Trenton, Mo.

Mulford, a native of East St. Louis, is a member of Little Flower Parish in Springfield. He is married to Marlene Mulford, current chancellor and incoming director of Communications and Information Services for the diocese. They have four adult children and five grandchildren. As editor, Mulford will oversee the production of the diocesan newspaper, which has a circulation of 45,000 Catholic households.

The Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is 130 parishes in 28 counties in central Illinois.

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