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Charleston Daily Mail comings and goings for 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It’s a new year, and, appropriately, we have some comings and goings.


Steven Gill

I’m going to start with a name you probably won’t recognize. Steven Gill is a copy editor, which means he works behind the scenes and never gets any public credit. He deserves some! Steven’s job means catching errors, writing interesting and accurate headlines and designing news pages that feel welcoming. He is good at all of those things. He is also a good co-worker who gives valuable advice without ever coming off the wrong way. He’s leaving us to work as a graphic artist and video producer for a local home improvement company. We’ll miss him, and we wish him well.


Zack Harold

Zack Harold is a name you might have seen in various roles. He  has been an education reporter, Statehouse reporter and, most recently, Life section editor. More importantly, he has been a fun writer, an embracer of change, a risk taker, a digital enthusiast, an idea generator and a vocal supporter of others’ efforts. He is leaving for another opportunity — to be managing editor of West Virginia Focus magazine. Their gain is our loss. But we thank him for what great progress he’s helped us make here.

Billy Wolfe

Billy Wolfe

Moving into the Life editor role will be Billy Wolfe. A few years ago, Billy excelled as our local government reporter. He never left, but he moved behind the scenes as assistant city editor — a role that meant fewer bylines but greater influence. Billy was the goalie who carefully edited stories for accuracy and clarity. His roles also included story idea generation and providing helpful advice. His byline will return in the Life section, where he’ll get to use his way with words as well as his great eye for photos. Our features and entertainment content won’t miss a beat with Billy at the helm.


Ashley B. Craig

Ashley B. Craig will move into the assistant city editor role. Ashley has been our police and crime reporter, which has meant regular page 1 bylines. She’s been a careful and fair reporter who also has an eye for detail and a way with words. She’s also good with people and is known for her VERY long interviews. People who start talking to Ashley quickly grow to love her (and won’t stop talking). So if you don’t see Ashley’s name any more, don’t be worried. She’s influencing the paper in other ways. We’re excited to have her on our leadership team.

Laurie Lin

Laurie Lin

You might  have seen this name already, but here it is for the record: Laurie Lin is joining us as an editorial columnist and opinion section contributor. She lives in Charleston with her husband and two sons. She also has a law degree, which, you know, none of the rest of us have. She’ll typically come at issues from a conservative point of view. You might or might not agree, and that’s fine. Her role is to express her thoughts and promote community debate. If she gets you thinkin’, that’s a good thing.

We’re happy for those taking on new roles, we’ll miss those who are going elsewhere, and we’re looking forward to a great 2015.


From their office farewell: Reigning and undisputed champions Steven Gill and Zack Harold. (Photo credit: Philip Maramba)



Congratulations to Tom Hindman, Ashley B. Craig and the Daily Mail staff

Monday, August 12, 2013

As an editor guy, I’m usually happy these days when other people succeed.

That means I was really happy this past weekend at the West Virginia Press Association’s annual convention, where Daily Mail staffers were honored.

Especially notable was photographer Tom Hindman, who took home a whole stack of awards, including one for photo of the year.

Tom’s award was for this photo of a great big moon with an airplane flying across. Tom said his wife, Diann, told him to take out the trash — and when he noticed how striking the moon looked he stayed outside for two hours until the airplane flew by and he got this shot.

Tom also won the Best Feature Photograph category for that shot. He also won second place for Best News Photography and for Best Photo Essay. And Tom won another third-place award in the Best Feature Photograph category. Go Tom!

Ashley B. Craig

Ashley B. Craig

I was also really happy for crime reporter Ashley B. Craig, who won first and second place in “Best News Feature” plus first place in Legal Issues/Courts. From an editor’s point of view, Ashley is a great big miracle because she just walked into our newsroom one day a few years ago, hoping for a chance to write some stories and wrap up her college degree. We gave her a chance and she was pretty good — so good that she earned herself a job and is now one of our best, most reliable reporters.

The Daily Mail actually swept the Best News Feature category. Ashley took first and second place with “Memorial to troopers grows” and “Family revives toddler who fell in pond.” Reporter Zack Harold won third place with “Rescued pooch gets new home, Arlington neighbor gets dog.”

Ashley B. Craig also won first place for Best Coverage of Legal Issues/Courts with “Boyfriend had long record of arrests.” Daily Mail courts reporter Cheryl Caswell won second place in the category with “Shawn Lester pleads guilty/ Plants fears for witness safety.”

In all, Daily Mail staffers were honored with nine first-place, 13 second-place awards and two third-place awards. The Daily Mail placed first in General Excellence among the state’s largest newspapers by amassing the largest point total in the contest categories.

Other first-place awards by Daily Mail staffers were:

Best Sports Section, sports editor Chuck McGill and his staff; Best Lifestyle Columnist, Philip Maramba; Best Business/Labor Coverage, Jared Hunt; Best Lifestyles Feature Writing, Dave Boucher; Best Sports Pages, McGill and his staff; and Reporting of Governmental Affairs, Zack Harold.

Other second place awards were:

Best News Headline, Ashlee Maddy; Best Front Page, Philip Maramba; Best Single Issue, staff for the Oct. 31, 2012 edition; Best Sports Section, Chuck McGill and his staff; Best Written News Story, Zack Harold and Jared Hunt; Best Sports Columnist, Mike Casazza; Best Lifestyle Columnist, The Food Guy, Steven Keith; Service to the Community, the Daily Mail’s Neediest Cases appeal; Best News Photography, Tom Hindman; Best Lifestyle Pages, Monica Orosz; Best Photo Essay, Hindman.

Congratulations to all the great journalists I work with.

And congratulations to other journalists doing great work elsewhere around West Virginia.