Lifelong Ohio journalist Chris Pugh has been named editor/content manager at the Galion Inquirer. The announcement was made today by Jim Lawitz, director of content for Civitas Media, the parent company of the Inquirer.
“Chris’ years of experience in journalism, communications and public relations, and his familiarity with Ohio make him an ideal fit for this role,” Lawitz said.
“I am very excited about coming to Galion and the North Central Ohio area and guide the staff at the Inquirer,” Pugh said. “I’m passionate about sharing stories from the area and look forward to hearing directly from residents and readers on how to improve the paper.”
In addition to the Inquirer, Pugh also will oversee editorial content at the Bellville Star, Morrow County Sentinel and the Knox County Citizen.
Pugh most recently worked as a copy editor at the Warren Tribune Chronicle. He has also worked for Columbus Wired, Massillon Independent, The News-Herald and Alliance Review. He has been honored by the Associated Press for column writing.
“This is an exciting time for our group of newspapers in the area,” Byers said. “Chris brings to the table a very curious mind that is often called a journalists’ ‘bread and butter.’ As well, he is extremely capable with social media and will really help lead the team in that area.”
Pugh also has public relations and marketing experience with White Hat Management, Arthur Middleton Capital Holdings and Cybervation.
In addition to the print edition of the newspaper, Pugh said he will also focus on improving the paper’s online and social media presence along with reader engagement.
Pugh, who was born in Zanesville, Ohio, studied at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. He is married to Becky, with a two-year-old daughter, Ashlynn.
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 1,400 associates across 11 states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee, publishes 35 daily, 28 weekend editions and 63 weekly publications for a combined circulation of more than 1.6 million.