Romona Washington started her newspaper career as a typesetter and manager of the circulation department for the Avon Park Sun. In the 38 years since joining the Avon Park Sun, Washington has worked as a beat reporter, features editor, advertising representative, news editor and publisher. In 2016 Washington decided to return to gathering the news as Executive Editor of the Highlands News-Sun.
Tim Smolarick, Vice President and Regional Publisher, D-R Media, LLC said, “Romona is a unique talent with experience in the weekly, bi-weekly and daily newspaper business. Her passion shows daily on the pages we produce and her experience will only enhance our products across Highlands, Polk, Lake, Lee and Sumter Counties.”
Washington remarked, “Southern Polk County is rich in stories that are screaming to be told. I’m excited to be a part of the Polk News-Sun and Winter Haven Sun and look forward to working with the editorial staffs in bringing the readers more of those important stories. I’m also looking forward to working with our newspapers in Lake, Lee and Sumter counties as we look to enhance those publications.”