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Roger Watson named Bristol Herald Courier managing editor

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BRISTOL, Va. — Roger Watson, a community newspaper veteran of three decades, has been named managing editor of the Bristol Herald Courier.

Watson, 52, a native of Lenoir, North Carolina, starts Thursday. He comes to Bristol from Farmville, Virginia, where he has been editor of The Farmville Herald since 2020.

He worked his way up in the industry, first as a sports writer and news reporter before becoming editor at the Black Mountain News in Black Mountain, North Carolina. He has also held several administrative roles, including serving as publisher for more than 12 years of The News Leader in Staunton, Virginia.

“Bristol is buzzing with potential,” Watson said. I can’t wait to get on board with the staff at the Herald Courier to explore some of the key community topics and begin learning from the community how they want to move forward.”

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“The local community newspaper is an important piece of every city. The Herald Courier has produced great work. My job is to make sure we continue to maximize our resources to produce great journalism on a daily basis. ”

Watson received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and holds a master’s degree in strategic management and leadership from Western Governor’s University in Salt Lake City, Utah.

During his career, Watson has served on a number of boards for organizations including The Salvation Army, United Way and the Virginia Press Association.

“We are extremely excited about Roger joining the Herald Courier team to lead our news efforts,” said Publisher Jim Maxwell. “He brings an impressive background in community journalism to our operation. His credentials are second to none. His impressive track record and leadership skills will help our news operation flourish, and will enable our staff of professional journalists to continue to provide our readers with the community news and investigative content they seek and have come to expect from Bristol’s community newspaper.”

Watson’s wife of 30 years, Jenelle, is a United Methodist minister. The couple has three children, Will, a senior at James Madison University, Miriam, a sophomore at Virginia Tech, and Grace, a student at Blue Ridge Community College.

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