Ray Cooney became editor of The Commercial Review on Dec. 1, 2014. He served managing editor from July 2013 through November 2014, assistant managing editor from November 2005 through July 2013 and sports editor from March 2001 through July 2013.
He earned more awards than any other journalist in Division III in the Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest for the third straight year in 2015. He earned his third consecutive first-place honor for sports commentary, and also won for editorial writing, headline writing and use of graphics. He took second for best picture story with audio or video and third for best feature photo. He teamed with publisher Jack Ronald and former county reporter Kelly Lynch to earn third place for best community service.
In his career he has also won HSPA awards for
news writing under deadline pressure, sports news or feature coverage, sports action photo, sports feature photo, general news photo, headline writing, editorial page, profile feature and multiple picture group.
Cooney was honored with the Indiana High School Athletic Association Distinguished Media Service Award in 2012, and also received the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Outstanding Baseball Media Award in 2009.
A native of Avon, Ohio, Cooney graduated from St. Edward High School (Lakewood, Ohio) in 1996 and Cleveland State University in 2000. He was the inaugural editor of The Cleveland Stater at CSU, and also worked for The Morning Journal (Lorain, Ohio) and The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, Ohio) before moving to Jay County.
He is a fan of the Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers and Indians as well as the Cleveland State Vikings and Ohio State Buckeyes. He enjoys playing fantasy sports.
Cooney lives in Portland with his dog, Sammy.