Veteran LaGrange Daily News reporter Matthew Strother has been named editor of the Georgia publication, effective Monday, Nov. 24. The announcement was made by Jim Lawitz, director of content for Civitas Media, the parent company of the Daily News.
Strother will oversee all newsroom functions for the newspaper and its digital products. He succeeds Tim Epperson, who left earlier this month to pursue other interests.
Strother first started his career at the Daily News in 2006, covering a number of beats until he joined the staff of the Valley (Ga.) Times-News in 2008. He was with the Times-News for about three years and re-joined the LaGrange staff in 2011. Since that time, he has covered education, county government, general assignment and breaking news. He has served as interim editor since Nov. 4.
Located in Davidson, N.C., Civitas Media encompasses more than 100 publications, many of which have served their communities for more than a century. Civitas, Latin for “community” or “citizen” is a union of four media entities formerly known as Heartland Publications, Freedom Central, Impressions Media and Ohio Community Media. Civitas, which employs more than 1,200 associates across 12 states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Tennessee, publishes 35 daily, 28 weekend editions and 63 weekly publications for a combined circulation of more than 1.6 million.