Robyn Tomlin, the executive editor of the Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, is leaving the newspaper to take the executive editor’s job at the Wilmington Star-News in North Carolina.
Tomlin, who grew up in Chapel Hill, N.C., said she decided to move back home for family reasons.
“Both my husband and I have family there, and my son goes to college there,” she said.
Allen Parsons, the Star-Banner’s publisher, said the announcement was bittersweet.
Parsons said he was pleased that Tomlin is moving to the Wilmington newspaper, which is another New York Times Regional Media Group newspaper.
“It’s a big, big loss for us,” he added. “Her leadership, the passion she has for journalism, and her affection for the community are all abilities that we are grateful for.”
Tomlin helped transform ocala.com – the online home of the Star-Banner – into an award-winning provider of news, information, blogs, photos and videos.
She also guided the newsroom to numerous journalism awards, including more than 10 chairman’s awards from the New York Times Co. and nine first-place awards in the most recent Florida Society of Newspaper Editors competition.
Star-Banner executives haven’t announced Tomlin’s successor, but said they hoped to announce a replacement in less than a month.