Khouli named ed­i­tor; News hires new re­porter

The Covington News - - Local -

Gabriel Khouli was named ed­i­tor of The Cov­ing­ton News this week, plac­ing him in the top po­si­tion in the news­room af­ter work­ing for more than three years as a re­porter for the pa­per.

Khouli will be re­spon­si­ble for de­ter­min­ing news cov­er­age in the community and set­ting the long-term di­rec­tion of the news­room, as well as serv­ing as the main pub­lic li­ai­son and par­tic­i­pat­ing in shap­ing the stance of the com­pany’s ed­i­to­rial board.

First hired as the lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­porter in Fe­bru­ary 2009, Khouli was re­cently pro­moted to news ed­i­tor in April 2012 be­fore be­ing named of­fi­cial ed­i­tor this week. He has ex­peri- ence cov­er­ing gov­ern­ment, busi­ness, ed­u­ca­tion, crime, sports and fea­tures sto­ries.

“Gabe has shown lead­er­ship abil­ity both in the news­room and in the community. He was a nat­u­ral choice for the po­si­tion and he is both qual­i­fied and de­serv­ing of the po­si­tion,” said Pub­lisher Charles Hill Mor­ris Jr. “We are thrilled to be able to pro­mote some­one from within to lead the jour­nal­ist ef­forts of this news­pa­per.”

Khouli is a na­tive of In­di­ana and a grad­u­ate of Ball State Univer­sity in Mun­cie, Ind., where he dou­ble-ma­jored in jour­nal­ism and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions. He also has an as­so­ciate’s de­gree in busi­ness from Ivy Tech Community Col­lege in Fort Wayne, Ind.

“I’m ex­cited by the op­por­tu­nity to run the news­room at The Cov­ing­ton News, the pa­per that gave me my first full-time job in the field and has helped me de­velop into a pro­fes­sional re­porter,” Khouli said. “How­ever, I’m also hum­bled, be­cause I know that there is so much I still don’t know about this community and this busi­ness. In or­der for this pa­per to be suc­cess­ful, we need the back­ing and sup­port of the community, and I ask that res­i­dents reach out and let us know how we can bet­ter our­selves and aid in im­prov­ing our community.”

Any­one who has in­for­ma­tion about po­ten­tial sto­ries or ways that the pa­per can im­prove can reach Khouli by email at gkhouli@ cov­ or by phone at (678) 750-5009. Those in­ter­ested in writ­ing or tak­ing pho­tos on a vol­un­teer or free­lance ba­sis are also in­vited to contact Khouli.

In ad­di­tion to nam­ing a new ed­i­tor, The News made a cou­ple of other changes in the news­room.

Rachel Goff is now the pa­per’s de­sign ed­i­tor and is re­spon­si­ble for lay­ing out and set­ting the cre­ative di­rec­tion for the pa­per, in ad­di­tion to cre­at­ing con­tent and also act­ing as a pub­lic li­ai­son. Goff, a na­tive of Lafayette, and a grad­u­ate of Ken­ne­saw State Univer­sity, was hired in Fe­bru­ary 2012.

She pre­vi­ously worked as a re­porter and de­signer at the Cal­houn Times and Rome News Tri­bune.

Fi­nally, Danielle Ever­son was hired in late July as the pa­per’s new­est re­porter. Ever­son, a Cov­ing­ton na­tive and grad­u­ate of Val­dosta State Univer­sity, will be the pa­per’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­porter, cov­er­ing the city of Cov­ing­ton and New­ton County. Ever­son was pre­vi­ously an as­so­ciate pro­ducer at 13 WMAZ tele­vi­sion in Macon, and a news re­porter at The McDuffie Progress in Thomson, Ga.

“Danielle has been an as­set since she walked in the door,” Khouli said. “In her first few weeks on the job, she has al­ready shown her­self to be a ded­i­cated em­ployee who is com­mit­ted to cov­er­ing the news in her home­town. We look for­ward to her growth coin­cid­ing with that of the pa­per’s.”




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