IRON RIVER—The staff and management of the Iron County Reporter has announced the retirement of Allyce Westphal as editor.
During her time at the Reporter, she won several Good News Awards and many certificates of merit for feature articles, her regular column, “County Café,” and photographs.
Although she has retired, she may return to the Reporter next year to resume her monthly column for the paper, as well as possible freelancing.
Now that Westphal is retired, she said, “I plan on visiting family in California for the winter, possibly write a great American novel and do plenty of golfing.”
She also hopes to catch up on reading her favorite type of literature: “murder, mystery and mayhem.”
A native of Iron River, Westphal graduated from Iron River High School in 1959. She attended William Rainey Harper Junior College in Palatine, Ill., earning an associate in applied science degree in journalism in 1976.
She returned to the area with her family in 1976 and was employed by the Iron River Reporter as a staff writer until 1981, when she began attending Northern Michigan University to complete studies for her undergraduate degree.
She graduated from NMU summa cum laude in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and minors in journalism and broadcast.
Westphal joined The Daily News’ Iron River office in September 1983 as a part-time writer and took over the position of lifestyles editor at The Daily News’ Iron Mountain office in February 1984, remaining there until she returned to the Reporter in July 2003. She was named editor in 2007.
She is the daughter of Henrietta Ramberg of Iron River and the mother of three sons, Wayne (Heidi), Phil (Renee) and Erik (Karin) Westphal, all of Iron River; three grandchildren, Cassie, Lauren and Cole; and one great-grandchild, Morgan.
Westphal follows the stories in the Reporter because she enjoyed working with the people in the community.