Daily Press, Pi­lot ed­i­to­rial and opin­ion pages to share ed­i­tor

Daily Press - - Obituaries & Local News - By Tara Boz­ick Staff writer Tara Boz­ick, 757-247-4741, tboz­ick@dai­ly­press.com.

C.W. John­son, the opin­ion page ed­i­tor for the Daily Press, will be­gin to over­see the ed­i­to­rial and opin­ion pages for The Vir­gini­anPilot start­ing on Nov. 19, ed­i­tor Marisa Porto an­nounced Thurs­day.

“I am hum­bled to be given an op­por­tu­nity to help th­ese two sto­ried in­sti­tu­tions give voice to con­cerns that span the en­tire re­gion,” John­son said in a state­ment. “And I am priv­i­leged to be able to work with the tal­ented col­leagues at both news or­ga­ni­za­tions.”

Porto said each pa­per will re­tain its own ed­i­to­rial voice, though some opin­ion con­tent will be shared.

“We will write com­men­tary that's lo­cal to our com­mu­ni­ties, and we will share com­men­tary when the top­ics are of in­ter­est across the re­gion,” said Porto, the ed­i­tor of the Pi­lot and the ed­i­tor and pub­lisher of the Daily Press.

Ben­jamin “Benjy” Hamm, the Pi­lot's ed­i­to­rial page ed­i­tor for the past 18 months, is re­turn­ing to his pre­vi­ous home in Louisville, Ky.

Hamm's jour­nal­ism ca­reer spans more than three decades, and his last day is Nov. 16.

“Dur­ing (Hamm's) ten­ure, the Pi­lot in­creased the num­ber of lo­cal columns tack­ling is­sues of re­gional im­por­tance from sea level rise to trans­porta­tion, and those columns in­creased reader let­ters and en­gage­ment with our com­mu­nity,” Porto said in an email to staff.

John­son has been on the Daily Press ed­i­to­rial board for more than eight years and be­gan lead­ing the board in 2017. An Army vet­eran, he has served in var­i­ous po­si­tions since com­ing to the Daily Press in March 1997 af­ter 24 years at The Ten­nessean in Nash­ville.


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