Winters named publisher of Newnan Times Herald
John A. Winters, a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and a 28-year veteran of the newspaper industry, has been named as the new publisher for The Newnan Times-Herald.
Prior to joining The Newnan Times-Herald’s news staff in 2012 and being named general manager last year, Winters had spent his career working for a variety of newspapers across the United States. He started with The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle and later became Washington, D.C., bureau chief. After that, he was named publisher of the Juneau Empire in Juneau, Alaska, in 1995.
In 2000, he assumed the duties of general manager of the Grand Island Independent in central Nebraska where he won the state’s “General Excellence” award.
In 2002, Winters returned to Georgia where he served as director for Morris News Service, a national news service with more than 30 newspapers and combined circulation of more than 600,000.
Last year, Winters became the general manager for The Newnan Times-Herald following the retirement of previous publisher, Sam Jones.
“John is a proven professional with experience to launch the Times-Herald into a new era,” said William Thomasson, president of The Newnan Times-Herald. “We’re all very proud to have him as our publisher.”
"We consider Newnan our hometown," Winters said. "Our two oldest sons have grown up here and our youngest was born here.”
Upon being named publisher, Winters expressed his gratitude and optimism for the future of The Newnan Times-Herald.
"Any journalist will tell you that becoming publisher of your hometown newspaper is rare, and a very special honor. I thank the Thomassons for their confidence in me," he added. "I am fortunate to have such an incredible team to work with here and look forward to guiding the NTH into this new century."