Chris Coates named Virginia state editor for Lee Enterprises


Chris Coates has been named Virginia state editor for Lee Enterprises, overseeing newsgathering in 11 markets. He will remain executive editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Coates came to Richmond in March 2022, after serving as top editor of Central Illinois newsrooms for Lee. He also has been an editor in Lee’s St. Louis and Sioux City, Iowa, markets and was investigations editor for The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, and a business reporter in Los Angeles.

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