'Shelbyville Times-Gazette' Gets New Editor

By: E&P Staff Kent Flanagan has been named editor of the Shelbyville (Tenn.) Times-Gazette. The paper announced his appointment Sunday in an article on its Web site.

"The newspaper and its readers are exceptionally fortunate to have Kent with his knowledge and background in the news business on staff at the T-G," Times-Gazette Publisher Hugh Jones told the paper. "Also, Kent's knowledge of new media like video and mobile devices is exciting for our future growth."

Flanagan had spent the last four years teaching journalism as a distinguished journalist in residence at Middle Tennessee State University's College of Mass Communication. In November 2004, he left the Associated Press after 25 years with that organization, the last 21 as Tennessee bureau chief.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Flanagan began his journalism career at the San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times while still a student at Angelo State University. After graduating in 1968, Flanagan enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as a public affairs officer, first in Germany and later in Vietnam.

After a brief spell as a copy editor at the Ft. Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel, Flanagan went to the San Antonio Express-News in 1974 as copy desk chief and associate news editor. He remained at the Express-News for five years, becoming editor of the Sunday edition before joining the Associated Press in 1979 in Philadelphia. Before settling in Nashville as Tennessee bureau chief, Flanagan also served as AP's state news editor in South Carolina and as administrative correspondent in North Dakota.


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