Happy Birthday, Times-Herald!

Many new faces among staff

by W. Winston Skinner

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Members of the graphics staff include, from left, Sonya Studt, Debby Dye, newcomer Maggie Bowers and Sandy Hiser. Hiser and Studt are also the creative directors for Newnan-Coweta Magazine. 


As the Newnan Times-Herald celebrates 148 years, the newspaper’s staff includes many new faces — and some longtime staff members with new roles.Will Blair, who was a staff writer before becoming the Times-Herald’s paginator several years ago, is the new editor of Newnan-Coweta Magazine. The first issue under his direction was published a week ago.

Sandy Hiser and Sonya Studt, longtime graphic designers for the newspaper, are now the creative directors for the magazine. Debby Dye, graphics manager for the newspaper, also is part of the magazine’s production.

Maggie Bowers, who joined the graphics staff in June, is helping with design of both publications as well as with the pagination of the daily newspaper.

The retail advertising sales staff — led by Colleen Mitchell, the paper’s longtime sales and marketing director — includes veteran staff members Candy Johnson and Mandy Inman plus Norma Kelley, a former advertising representative for the newspaper who returned to the staff in December.

Wendy Danford joined the ad sales staff in July. Danford, Inman, Johnson and Kelley sell newspaper, magazine and online advertising. Continuing in their longtime roles are Rhonda Spooner, who sells classified advertising, and Christy Hill, who handles legal advertising for the newspaper.

John Winters, who has been on the staff since 2011, became general manager in April.

Ellen Corker, news editor, and Winston Skinner, assistant news editor, have both been on the staff for more than 30 years. Joining longtime newswriter Sarah Campbell this year are Bradley Hartsell, Wesley Mayer, Clay Neely and Celia Shortt.

Naomi Jackson continues as the newspaper’s circulation director, and there have been additions to the production staff, who print the newspaper.



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