Kristy Peters has been named editor and publisher of The Walton Tribune in Monroe, Ga. She is the first female publisher in The Tribune’s 113-year history.
She also will be the president of Monroe Newspapers Inc., the locally based company that publishes the newspaper and its associated website and other products.
Shortly after graduating from Bauder College in Atlanta in 2000, Peters joined The Tribune as an advertising representative. She later was promoted to the role of advertising manager, but resigned in 2011 to become the director of admissions and marketing at Social Circle Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
“After dedicating 10 years at The Walton Tribune, with much sadness two years ago I made the decision to accept a very rewarding opportunity at Social Circle Nursing and Rehab as the marketing director,” Peters said. “I cannot begin to tell you the life lessons that I have learned in the two years I have worked with the elderly of Walton and surrounding counties.
“I am so excited to be back and able to work with clients that were loyal customers of mine and to meet the new business owners and residents of Walton County.”
Peters succeeds Brian Arrington, who served as managing editor, then publisher of the paper for a number of years.
Peters serves as the promotions and tourism chairwoman on the Social Circle Better Hometown Program and was the 2012 chairwoman of the Social Circle Friendship Festival. She is also active in the Walton County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Monroe Junior Woman’s Club and a board member of the Empty Stocking Fund of Walton County.
“My focus is to provide the community with the same dedication that I had always given in the past, with new inspiration,” Peters said. “My vision for The Walton Tribune is to focus on covering all of Walton County and to make sure that it is known that we are the news for your town.”
The Tribune is the legal organ of Walton County and the publisher of WaltonTribune.com and LoganvilleTribune.com. Recently, it was recognized as the state’s best newspaper of its size in the Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest for the third consecutive year.