By: E&P Staff
Dennis Sodomka, executive editor of The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, announced he is leaving the paper after 20 years. His last day is July 31.
Sodomka made the announcement to his newsroom staff, telling them, “it’s been a blast … I love this paper and the people who work for it, particularly in the newsroom. It is a great newspaper, I think the best in the Morris group, and I know I leave it in good hands.”
“Dennis Sodomka has served The Augusta Chronicle and its readers in a most professional way for the past 20 years,” W.S. Morris, chairman and CEO of Morris Communcations LLC and the Chronicle’s publisher, said in a statement. “During his career in Augusta, the newspaper has been recognized with numerous awards. Dennis has improved The Chronicle tremendously. He has brought a great deal to the newspaper and the newspaper industry, and much to the Augusta community.”
Sodomka came to Augusta in 1988, having worked on a number of newspapers including The Chicago Daily News, The Chicago Sun Times, The Charlotte News, and The Charlotte Observer. In his time at The Chronicle, Sodomka became best-known for enhancing the paper’s coverage of the annual Masters golf tournament. In 1996, he led Morris’ coverage of the Summer Olympics that year in Atlanta.
Sodomka also involved himself in many professional and community organizations, including the Georgia Press Association board, the Georgia Associated Press News Council, and the Georgia First Amendment Foundation board.
“I will greatly miss working with them and talking to the people who read our paper,” Sodomka told Chronicle reporter Sylvia Cooper. “But this is a good time for me to step aside and allow someone else to take The Chronicle to new heights.”