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