‘Washington Daily News’ Names Newsroom Manager

By: E&P Staff

Claud Hodges has been named the newsroom manager of the Washington (N.C.) Daily News.

Hodges “combines a deep appreciation of the role and responsibility of a local newspaper with a love and understanding of community. His new role will enhance the Daily News? coverage of local people and events and extend our commitment to serve the Pamlico area with dedication,” Ashley B. Futrell Jr., president and publisher of the newspaper, said in a statement.

Hodges is a native of Washington, located on the Pamlico River in eastern North Carolina approximately 20 miles east of Greenville. A 1985 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Hodges had spent 10 years as a reporter for the Daily News prior to his promotion on Wednesday. His last title was senior reporter.

Under the reorganized editorial structure of the Daily News, Hodges and contributing editor Mike Voss will oversee the paper’s coverage, while the top editor position will remain open indefinitely at the paper. Managing Editor Peter Williams departed the Daily News three months ago for a position as editor at the Richmond County Daily Journal in Rockingham, N.C.

“For several reasons, we have decided not to fill the top news position at this time,” Ray McKeithan, associate publisher of the Daily News, said in the statement. “The newsroom is under solid leadership now with this new arrangement. We are going to be very deliberate about finding someone for the top spot who shares our overall vision of community service and commitment.”

Hodges will also serve as the paper’s liason to the community in his new role.

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