TimesDaily in Florence, Ala., Names Executive Editor

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(AP) Wayne Mitchell, a veteran journalist who most recently served as editor and vice president of the Independent-Mail in Anderson, S.C., has been named executive editor of the TimesDaily in Florence, Ala.

Mitchell, 59, who began his new post Monday, replaces Robyn Tomlin, who became executive editor at the Ocala Star-Banner in Florida in April.

The announcement was made by Robert J. Gruber, publisher of the TimesDaily, a member of The New York Times regional newspaper group.

“Wayne’s years of experience in the newspaper industry will be an incredible asset to the TimesDaily and our community,” said Gruber. “He has proved, beyond a shadow of doubt, that he has a firm grasp on the essence of community journalism.”

“My philosophy is the news that is most important for newspaper readers is the news that is close to home and makes a difference in-their lives,” said Mitchell. “This is the kind of newspaper I’m used to producing and the kind the TimesDaily is used to producing.”

A graduate of the University of Missouri, Mitchell began his newspaper career in 1967 as a reporter with the Kansas City Star. He later served as metro editor at the Binghamton Press in New York, city editor at the San Diego (Calif.) Tribune and editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal. He joined the Independent-Mail in 1989.

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