Residents can expect to find out more about what’s happening with the City of Columbus.
City Administrator Tara Vasicek recently announced the hiring of Matt Lindberg as the City’s public communications manager, a new position created at the government organization.
“Our City staff does a great job of getting a lot of good things done for the community. We all work really hard, but being busy, we sometimes forget to tell the story to the community,” Vasicek said. “So, I’m excited to play a more active role in bringing news to the community. We want to be as transparent with our residents as possible.”
Lindberg, who has called Columbus home for nearly five years, brings with him a wealth of experience in journalism, marketing and communications. He has led newsrooms across the country in the production of award-winning journalism, including during his time (2018-2021) as managing editor of The Columbus Telegram.
He has been the recipient of state and national writing awards for his work, which has included interviews with the likes of President Donald Trump, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, singer/producer Pharrell Williams, country musicians Clint Black, LeAnn Rimes and Kellie Pickler and more.
“I’m super excited to have brought on Matt, who has a wide array of experience,” Vasicek said. “He has enough experience to run with it and do a lot of the good stuff we need to get done.”
In his role, Lindberg will serve as the point person on all City communications internally and with the public. He will be responsible for cultivating text and video content for the City’s website and social media, handling press release distribution and more.
He and his wife, Sarah, have two children and are proud to call Columbus home.
“Having had the chance to get to know the City of Columbus, its leaders and staff throughout the years as a journalist and resident, I have a lot of respect for the people here and the great work they have done and continue to do,” said Lindberg, an alumnus of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. “I am super excited to be part of this team, use my skills to help tell the City’s story and keep our community informed. I’m also very appreciative of City Administrator Tara Vasicek for providing me the opportunity to do so.”
Lindberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.