Chad B. Harrison, who is president-elect of the Virginia Press Association Board of Directors, was recently named president of Womack Publishing Company, where he has been employed for the past 22 years.
For the past decade, Harrison has been the company’s director of operations and marketing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Alabama and got his start in media as a sports radio host and play-by-play radio announcer for the Alabama Sports Network in the mid-1990s.
Harrison first came to Womack Publishing Company in the late 1990s as a sports reporter at the Altavista Journal before leaving to become sports editor at The Daily News in Eden, North Carolina.
He returned to Womack Publishing in 2000 as editor of the Altavista Journal. In 2002, he was promoted to regional director, and two years later was named group publisher for central Virginia. He has served as director of operations and marketing since 2011.
Womack Publishing, headquartered in Chatham, Virginia is a privately held, family-owned media business of community newspapers and specialty publications. The company was founded in 1960 when Charles Womack Sr. purchased the Danville Commercial Appeal.
Womack Publishing owns 19 newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina. The company’s Virginia newspapers include Star-Tribune in Chatham, Altavista Journal, Times-Virginian in Appomattox, The Union-Star in Brookneal, Smith Mountain Eagle in Wirtz, South Hill Enterprise, Independent Messenger in Emporia, Brunswick Times-Gazette in Lawrenceville, The News Progress in Chase City, The Mecklenburg Reporter in Mecklenburg County, The Prince George Journal in Prince George, The Dinwiddie Monitor in Petersburg and The Sussex-Surry Dispatch in Wakefield.