Ideastream's Joe Frolik Heading to MetroHealth


  • Courtesy: MetroHealth
MetroHealth has hired veteran local journalist Joe Frolik as its Senior Vice President of Communications, Government and Community Relations. Frolik had been serving as executive editor of the ideastream newsroom and was, in years past, the senior editorial writer at the Plain Dealer and the communications director for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty.

MetroHealth CEO Akram Boutros said that there was "no more trusted and influential voice in Greater Cleveland" than Frolik's.

“Joe has spent decades informing the community on important issues, telling compelling stories and shaping public policy with his incomparable communications skills," Boutros said, in a statement provided to the media. "Our community is better because of his work, and MetroHealth is fortunate to have his trusted voice telling the stories of our patients, our people, our programs and our plans to improve the health of everyone.”

Frolik disembarks from his ideastream voyage at a moment when the local public radio station is trying to replenish its local reporting staff. Among his other managerial duties, Frolik appeared regularly on the Friday Reporters Roundtable, which has been gasping for air since the spiteful exit of editor Chris Quinn.

“In journalism, we always talk about what makes a good story,” Frolik said, in a statement provided to the media. “The remarkable transformation that’s going on within MetroHealth and how everyone in our community is benefiting, that’s a good story. It’s important that everyone – our neighbors, our community, our lawmakers – hear it and share the pride and inspiration that come with it.”

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