News Leader president, publisher leaving
Roger Watson, publisher and president of the News Leader in Staunton, is leaving the newspaper and his position will not be filled.
“It has been a great privilege to be able to lead The News Leader these past 12 years,” Watson told the News Leader.“The Opies left a tremendous legacy of community journalism in Staunton, and I have been honored to be a caretaker of that heritage.”
Watson has been publisher and president of the daily paper since 2005.
“For the first time since joining Gannett in 1996, I am a free agent. It’s admittedly a bit scary, but also exciting to have this chance to reflect and determine what I really want to do.”
Watson will resign from the VPA Board and all VPA committees.
Daily News Record circulation director retires
Tommy Bridges, the circulation director for the
Daily News Record for more than 40 years, is retiring from the Harrisonburg-based newspaper.
“Everything is different every day,” Bridges said to the newspaper. “I’d do it all over again.”
Daily Press to launch new podcast
The Daily Press is launching a new podcast centered on Virginia politics.
“Virginia Politics with Ress and Reema” will be led by Daily Press reporters Dave Ress and Reema Amin. The first episode of the podcast will be available Monday, April 9.
“They (Ress and Amin) will talk all things politics, from local municipalities to statewide issues to the federal government,” the paper wrote.