Elizabeth, better known as Libby, joined P&I in 1982 as its first copy editor. In 1985 she was appointed assistant managing editor and, in 1987, became managing editor. She started her journalism career as a copy editor and assistant wire editor at the Middletown (N.Y.) Times Herald-Record. She also worked at the Milwaukee Sentinel, where she was assistant copy desk chief. Libby received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a double major in journalism and political science.