You have likely have met us at one time or another. Combined, we have well over 100 years of experience in publishing, graphic arts, design, and software development.

Our aim is to engage our communities with timely and relevant information, from reader-submitted information, to news, advertising, church and community information.  We intend to be the comprehensive portal in Northwest Illinois, one community at a time, and invite you to join us by entering our photo/video/music/essay contests, submitting entertainment and app reviews, and even sharing your favorite recipes. We look forward to  offering many ways for you to connect with your friends, neighbors and community.

The most important fact about us is that our number one priority is you and providing you exceptional service. We will do all we can to attend to your questions or issues as quickly as possible, and to be easy to contact.


Robert Hanviriapunt is a Senior Software Developer with nearly 40 years experience if you include when he first taught himself to code at age seven! He’s the go-to guy for fixing all things web and is a great technical leader to accomplish our mission. He does all the work behind the scenes to make the website work seemlessly for you. You may often see him with his wife, Sarah Hanviriyapunt. Together, they cover news around Carroll County. Sarah and Robert love working as a team.

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Sarah Hanviriyapunt comes to the RiverReader with many years of copy editing, graphic design and working at a large, multi-national pharmaceutical company in Deerfield, Illinois for 12 years. Sarah has earned a LEAN/Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. She began rewriting articles, doing paste-up work, and photo editing using Aldus Photoshop, in high school and is an impeccable writer and editor. She has taken over the job of publisher, editor, bookkeeper, and reporter for RiverReader News Company. She also edits the web content and maintains the website, along with her husband, Robert Hanviriyapunt. You may often see them together, around Carroll County. Sarah and Robert love working as a team.

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Tom Kocal is RiverReader’s publisher & editor. He’s been in the publishing business for over 40 years. If you want to know about anything in the area, Tom is the one you want to speak with. After publishing the most read newspaper in Northwest Illinois for nearly 40 years, he took a few years off and is now back in the biz to serve the area with information that’s important to our readers.

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Sadly, Lynn Kocal passed away on January 6, 2018 after a very sudden illness took her life.

Lynn spent 40 years of publishing the Prairie Advocate newspaper, in and around Carroll County, and she was the backbone of RiverReader. Her passion in life was always to inform people.  She built and maintained the RiverReader.org website, created content, and managed the accounting.  She grew up in La Grange, Illinois, but she never looked back after moving to the area in 1974. She loved Carroll County and its people.