Named executive editor of The Augusta Chronicle in March 2009. Previously was executive editor of The Times in Shreveport, La., for five years and managing editor for four. Started professional career as a staff photographer with the Knoxville Journal in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1987. Worked in different roles at several newspapers on the East Coast. Recently elected to the Associated Press Managing Editors board of directors after efforts helping coordinate convention events and will serve as program chair for the 2010 convention.
Posted March 5, 2010 03:53 pm - Updated March 5, 2010 05:02 pm

Goings-on in Chronicle staffing

Hey Aiken!

An Aiken resident will head our South Carolina Bureau. North Augusta Today Editor Julia Sellers will take over the bureau chief job.

Current chief Stephanie Toone heads back to downtown Augusta to help lead new education coverage initiatives beside Education Editor Preston Sparks. Stephanie also will lead the annual Best and Brightest coverage and Aspire (a seasonal publication) and continue helping with Aiken schools coverage.

We are pleased to announce North Augusta reporter Crystal Garcia as the North Augusta Today Editor, joined by reporter Jonathan Overstreet to boost coverage. By the end of the month, Julia, Crystal, Stephanie and Jonathan will work through the transition. They'll all work together to keep Aiken and North Augusta coverage strong.

Our newsgathering forces are in final alignment regarding our 2010 outlook. Here are some other staffing highlights to bring you up to date:

  • We welcome Kyle Martin from his stint in Hernando, Fla., into the lead night cops and evening G.A. role (recent story).
  • Susan McCord is knee-deep in Augusta government coverage. She joins us from previous work for The Albany Herald in Georgia (recent story).
  • You might have seen Adam Folk working the courthouse halls as the crime and punishment reporter during the days.
  • Galan Lewis is being promoted to Office Manager, assuming more administrative responsibilities for The Chronicle newsroom.
  • Corey Perrine is one of our new visual journalists. You've seen some of his work already. He is getting up to speed, and you'll see him around.
  • Erin Zureick is now our economy and jobs reporter, helping increase our frequency of business news reports and helping to broaden and deepen our business coverage.


Good for Plant Vogtle, tough for us...
Managing Editor Elizabeth Adams has resigned to take a position with Southern Nuclear Co. She will be a Communications Coordinator at Plant Vogtle.
She has done outstanding work leading The Chronicle as a top newspaper. Her leadership through the inception of Think Pink coverage, Masters and major news projects lifted the paper to new heights. Please join me in wishing her well.

Contacting us
We'll be updating our staff page online soon and always have a contact page you can use (a link at the bottom of the homepage) to offer your tip, ask a question or find a news release. Newsroom Customer Service Director Sean Moores will take your tips and questions - answering them himself or getting them to the right person.