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Stinnett had been the top editor at the Lynchburg News & Advance since 1995.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Joseph Stinnett, managing editor of The News & Advance in Lynchburg, has been named editor of The Roanoke Times. He replaces Carole Tarrant.
Stinnett has been the top editor at the Lynchburg paper since 1995.
He will begin work in Roanoke immediately and plans to move downtown. His appointment was announced Monday by Terry Jamerson, publisher of the Roanoke newspaper and vice president of BH Media, which owns both the Roanoke and Lynchburg newspapers.
“I’m really looking forward to working with all the talented folks in Roanoke,” Stinnett said. “The Roanoke Times is a great paper with a terrific reputation, and I am lucky to have the chance to work here. I’ll miss all my friends and colleagues in Lynchburg, but I am looking forward to making new ones in Roanoke and getting to know the community.”
A native of Amherst County, Stinnett, 61, is a 1974 graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in English.
Caroline Glickman, Lynchburg’s city editor, has been named to replace Stinnett at The News & Advance.
The Lynchburg paper, which places a heavy emphasis on local news, has been the recipient of numerous journalism awards during Stinnett’s tenure as editor, including Virginia Press Association Sweepstakes awards as the best midsize paper in the state as well as Best in Show VPA awards. Additionally, Lynchburg photographers have won several national photojournalism awards and the Lynchburg paper was one of the first in the state to name a full-time online editor.
Newsadvance.com and its associated sites are the most visited local content websites in the greater Lynchburg area.
Stinnett began his newspaper career in 1974 at the Lynchburg newspaper as a reporter and has also worked as a copy editor and page designer, photographer, night city editor and city editor, in addition to four years as managing editor of the Amherst and Nelson weekly newspapers.
He is a past president of Virginia Associated Press Newspapers and is currently a regional Freedom of Information coordinator for the Virginia Press Association.
In Roanoke, he will work closely with managing editor Michael Stowe to supervise the news coverage in print and online. Stinnett will also work with the newspaper’s other department heads and the publisher.
Stinnett and his wife, Ellen, a retired teacher, have two grown children. In his spare time, he likes to read, listen to music, hike and work outside.
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