Veteran journalist Warren Watson has been named executive editor of The Alton (Ill.) Telegraph. The decision was announced by Telegraph Publisher Joseph Craig.
Watson will oversee the news operation side of the daily newspaper. He replaces Bob Strickley, who left the paper in January to return to Ohio. Watson will start in early April.
“We are excited about Warren joining The Telegraph,” Craig said. “Warren has held news positions of almost every level at newspapers as small as 2,000-circulation and as large as the St. Petersburg Times. His news experience is exceptional. He is a down to earth editor that will be breath of fresh air to our readers and our newsroom. He will help us be a better locally oriented community newspaper.”
From 2009 to July 2014, he was executive director of the 3,700-member Society of American Business Editors and Writers, based in Phoenix. He left the society last July to pursue a book and develop a consultancy.
The book, “Surviving Journalism,” is to be published by Marion Street Press of Portland, Ore., later this year. Aimed at professionals and students, the book examines how changes in the newspaper business have affected career journalists.
In his 42-year career, Watson has managed daily newspaper newsrooms in Portland, Augusta and Waterville, Maine, as well as Peabody, Mass. In addition, he has been president of the 2,600-member Society for News Design (2003) and acting president of the American Press Institute (2003-04).
As a teacher and consultant, Watson, 64, has lectured in Spain, France, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates. He received a master’s degree in journalism from Ball State University in 2008. At Ball State, he developed a First Amendment institute geared toward high school and college students.
A New Hampshire native, Watson has two sons.
Located in Davidson, N.C., Civitas Media has more than 100 publications, many of which have served their communities for more than a century. Civitas, Latin for “community” or “citizen,” employs more than 1,200 associates across 12 states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Tennessee.