Member News (3/28/19): Top editor at Pilot, Daily Press leaves; longtime editor publishes a book; new editor in Harrisonburg; Inside NOVA launches a magazine

2019-03-28T19:54:06+00:00March 28th, 2019|

Marisa Porto, top editor at Pilot, Daily Press, leaves

Marisa Porto, the top editor of the Virginian-Pilot and the Daily Press, has left her position amidst restructuring at two of the largest papers in the state.

Porto, who served as VPA’s president from 2015-2016, had worked as the Daily Press’s top editor and publisher since 2016 and as the top editor at the Pilot since Tribune Publishing purchased the paper from the Batten family in May 2018.

Since 2011, she had worked with the Daily Press Media group, which includes the Virginia Gazette and the Tidewater Review, when Tribune purchased the Pilot and its affiliate publications, Virginia Media was formed.

Par Ridder, a Tribune executive and interim general manager of Virginia Media, told the Pilot staff about Porto’s departure at a meeting last Thursday afternoon. He informed the staff that the papers would no longer have one role for editor and publisher of both publications and that Porto had left effective immediately.

Ridder told the staff that Tribune would begin a search for a new editor to oversee both papers immediately and that the title of publisher had been eliminated. He also said a search for a permanent general manager would be underway.

Ryan Gilchrest, current managing editor of the Pilot and Daily Press, will oversee all news coverage at the papers during the search period.

“I’ve worked with some of the most talented colleagues in the news business,” Porto said in a statement. Of her colleagues at both papers she said: “They make a difference every day in this community with their work, and I know they’ll continue to do that.”

New editor at Daily News-Record

The Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg has added a new editor.

Clarissa Cottril started as editor at the paper earlier this month. Prior to coming to the DNR, she worked at The Journal in Martinsburg, W.Va.. She is a 2017 graduate of West Virginia University and worked at the student newspaper as the lead copy editor.

Craig Bartoldson, publisher of the paper, worked with Cottril previously at The Journal.

“I am thrilled to bring Clarissa to the Daily News-Record,” he said. “She brings a variety of abilities expanding our newspaper to more of our community.”

Cotrill said she is looking forward to serving the community through the paper.

“I want to be a part of the community and I am looking forward to it,” she said. “It’s a nice town and I look forward to getting more integrated in the community.”

Former Farmville Herald editor writes book on civil rights

Ken Woodley, who served as editor of the Farmville Herald for more than 25 years, has written a book on what has been called one of “the first Civil Rights-era reparations in U.S. history.”

Woodley’s book, “The Road to Healing: A Civil Rights Reparations Story in Prince Edward County, Virginia,” is a first-person account of the creation of the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program and Fund, which was created by the General Assembly in 2004.

Woodley’s book examines how “the program gave back the educational opportunity stolen from African Americans in Prince Edward County during Massive Resistance, when public education was shut down from 1959-1964.”

Virginia Senator Mark Warner wrote the foreword for the book and Sen. Tim Kaine authored the book’s afterword. The book will be published Monday by NewSouth Books. It can be purchased at local bookstores around the state and on Amazon. Learn more about the book here.

Inside NOVA begins publishing new magazine

Inside NOVA recently published the inaugural issue of its new, bi-monthly lifestyle magazine, Ashburn.

The magazine will focus on the Ashburn area and be edited by Chad Wadsworth, who is the founder and publisher of the local news site The Burn. Bruce Potter, VPA board member and chief operating officer of Rappahannock Media, will serve as the publisher.

The magazine will have a circulation of around 15,000 and will be available in stores, offices and restaurants in Loudoun County.