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 the most awards of any journalist in Division III in the Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest for the fourth straight year in 2016. His first-place honors this year were for in-depth feature, sports feature, general news photo and video. Earlier in the year he picked up
In his career he has also won HSPA awards for sports commentary, editorial writing, use of graphics, community service,
news writing under deadline pressure, sports action photo, sports feature photo, headline writing, editorial page, profile feature and multiple picture group. He had picked up nine Indiana Associated Press Media Editors awards earlier in the year, including first place for business writing, non-deadline sports story and headline writing.
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.