Hello, my name is Michael Alberico. I was the co-owner and publisher of The Waynedale News for nearly four years (2009 – 2013). I am a native of North Carolina that relocated with my family to the Waynedale area as a youngster. I grew to love the area throughout my years there while attending Bishop Luers High School. After High School, I chose to hone my education locally at the University of Saint Francis where I received a B.A. in Computer Art.
Through college I studied various aspects in the computer art field with my colleague Alex Cornwell. Over the years there we developed a fantastic friendship and ironically both of us lived in Waynedale. Sharing the same passion filled view for the Waynedale area, we were presented with an opportunity to take over The Waynedale News. Alex and I saw this as a chance to improve and uphold Waynedale traditions. So on September 1, 2009, Alex and I jumped into the newspaper world “headfirst,” so to say and assumed control of the newspaper.
The Waynedale News proved to be an overwhelmingly successful venture and a truly great accomplishment for myself. The newspaper always provided unique challenges and rewarding experiences. I am proud of what we as a “family,” which included our in-house team, writing, editorial, sales and delivery staff accomplished while I was with the paper. We helped the newspaper grow (over 20%) to 35,000 newsprint readers every two weeks and to 40,000 monthly visitors on the Waynedale News website (Created in 2010.)
The creation of Waynedale.com brought and will continue to bring an immensely positive imprint on the area which includes a community website, apparel line and business directory. The apparel line has sold well over 2,000 items and the business directory is a project that has continued annually. All of those projects helped and will continue to shed a positive and most importantly, growing chatter about the Waynedale area.
My major interests include aviation, entrepreneurship, animated films, art, and sports.
Since leaving the paper early in the summer of 2013, I have married my beautiful wife Emily, who is studying at Notre Dame, moved to La Porte, Indiana and have been studying to becoming a commercial pilot. I hope to achieve this goal in the next year, to year and a half.
I currently still visit the Waynedale area from time to time and follow the newspaper very closely.