According to her website, Ragus left Patch in April and has been working in consulting. She interned with the Associated Press and attended the University of Southern California.
Ragus joins a team put together by Jack and Amanda Ryan, who live in Malibu and own Illinois-based 22nd Century Media. Jack Ryan, an investment banker, is a former Republican U.S. Senate candidate and taught for three years at an inner-city Chicago Catholic parochial school.
The Ryans purchased the 37-year-old newspaper from Anne Soble, who was hospitalized in June.
22nd Century Media is the publisher of The Frankfort Station, The Homer Horizon, The Lockport Legend, The Mokena Messenger, The Orland Park Prairie and The Tinley Junction in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. In addition, it publishes The Glenview Lantern, The Northbrook Tower, The Wilmette Beacon and The Winnetka Current in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago.