Bill Kirby has been named interim publisher of The Columbia County News-Times succeeding Barry Paschal, Chronicle Media President Dana Atkins announced Friday.
A search is underway to fill the position permanently, Atkins said.
Kirby, The Augusta Chronicle’s online news director and a columnist, served as News-Times publisher and editor from 1998 to 2001, when Morris Communications acquired the property. During that time, the newspaper won more than 40 statewide journalism awards and was twice judged the best large weekly newspaper by the Georgia Press Association.
Kirby, a Columbia County resident for more than 20 years, will continue to write his regular column for The Chronicle.