Ohio veteran journalist Michael Williams has been named content manager at the Delaware (Ohio) Gazette. The announcement was made Aug. 20 by Jim Lawitz, director of content for Civitas Media, the newspaper's parent company.
“We're thrilled to have found someone who will be an excellent fit at the Delaware newspaper and in the community,” Lawitz said. “Williams' ability to understand community issues will be a key benefit to making the Gazette a better newspaper.”
Williams most recently worked as an opinion page editor for the Dayton Daily News, the Springfield News-Sun and the Journal-News in Butler County, all owned by Cox Media Group Ohio.
Previously, he served as the editor/associate publisher of the Middletown (Ohio) Journal where he worked for most of his career. During his tenure at Middletown, he had also worked as a copy editor, reporter, city editor and assistant managing editor.
“I am very excited about coming to Delaware – to work in a vibrant, growing community and to join a dedicated staff of journalists at the Gazette,” Williams said. “I'm looking forward to getting to know community residents and telling their stories, as well as hearing their ideas about improving the Gazette.”
Williams said he will also be focused on improving the Gazette's social media presence and engaging readers in a variety of formats.
“Michael and I discussed the position and its responsibilities for several weeks. During that time, it became clear he was the right person for the job because he was diligent in learning about the community,” said Joshua Byers, Williams' immediate supervisor and regional content director for Ohio.
Williams, a native of Clarksville, Tenn., studied at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His wife, Connie, is a middle-school language arts teacher in Warren County, Ohio. Their son, Austin, is a third-year student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton. Their daughter, Sarah, is an Early Head Start home visitor for the Butler County Educational Services Center in Hamilton, Ohio.
Williams won a “best editorial page campaign” award from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, as well as editorial writing honors from the Ohio Associated Press. He also won four “Best of Cox” awards for editorial writing over a five-year period.