Daily Progress hires new publisher
Peter Yates, a longtime Virginia newspaperman, will take the reigns as publisher of the Daily Progress, the paper announced this past Tuesday.
Yates replaces Robert Jiranek, who served as publisher of the paper for two years.
Yates has more than three decades of experience in Virginia newspapers, having worked at papers in Danville, Culpeper, Woodbridge and Manassas. From 2000-2018, Yates served as the general manager at the Daily News Record in Harrionburg. He is also a past president of the Virginia Press Association.
“We are pleased to have Peter in the leadership role for the Charlottesville newspaper going forward,” said BH Media Regional Vice President Terry Jamerson. “His extensive background and experience in publishing, editing, advertising and operations will benefit our readers and advertisers.”
As publisher of the Daily Progress, Yates will also serve as regional publisher for the Orange County Review, the News Virginian, the Greene County Record and the Madison County Eagle.
Pilot, Post announced as Livingston Award finalists
Two VPA members were announced as finalists for the prestigious Livingston Awards.
Jonathan Edwards, a crime and courts reporter at the Virginian Pilot, was announced as a finalist in the Local Reporting category.
Edwards’ entry into the competition was a three part series, “A Murderous Year,” which detailed the rise of gun violence in Norfolk.
“This is a huge honor,” Edwards tweeted. “For years, I’ve checked out the Livingston Award finalists; I wanted to read the best journalism.”
The Washington Post was announced as a finalist in both the National and International Reporting categories.
There were more than 500 entries into this year’s competition. The winners will be announced on June 6 at a luncheon in New York City.
Pilot podcast wins regional Edward Murrow Award
“The Shot,” a Virginian-Pilot podcast that examined the unsolved murder of a Hampton Roads area police officer, has won a regional Edward Murrow Award.
The podcast, which aired in a seven-part series and had accompanying print stories, was created by reporters Gary Harki and Joanne Kimberlin and Pilot audio engineer Randy Greenwell.
The podcast will now advance to the national level for judging.