IRON RIVER—Jerry DeRoche recently joined the Iron County Reporter staff as a news, features and sports reporter and writer. DeRoche was born in Chicago but spent most of his formative years in the Iron River area. He graduated from West Iron County High School in 1981 and was a member of the Wykon basketball program from 1978-1981.
DeRoche earned an associate’s degree in business from Gogebic Community College (1984), a bachelor’s degree in management from Northern Michigan University (1986) and a master of arts in teaching from National-Louis University (1990) in the Chicago area.
DeRoche, the son of David DeRoche of Sunset Lake and Colleen DeRoche of Kingsford, began his journalism career in 1998 with the Appleton Post-Crescent. He worked in the sports department for two years before moving on to write features and sports at the Dubois County Herald (Jasper, Ind.) for seven years.
DeRoche also worked at the Manitowoc (Wis.) Herald-Times Reporter for three years as a sports reporter and was a stringer for the Ozaukee County News Graphic (Cedarburg, Wis.)
Along the way, DeRoche has won seven first-place state-press association awards for features, event coverage and best sports section. His work has also appeared in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press and the Orange County (Calif.) Register.
“I am happy to join the Reporter and to tell the stories of the people of Iron County,” DeRoche said, “and I look forward to enjoying the great natural beauty of Iron County again after being away from the area for most of the past 30 years.”