PARKERSBURG - Christina Myer has been named executive editor of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.
She will succeed Jim Smith, who died in December. Smith had been with the Parkersburg newspaper since 2001.
"I am excited to be part of such a top-notch newsroom," Myer said. "This is a talented staff working from a solid foundation and I am very much looking forward to joining their efforts."
Myer is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School in Wheeling, W.Va., and the West Virginia University Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism with a bachelor's of science in the news-editorial sequence. While at WVU, she was managing editor of The Daily Athenaeum and continues to serve on the journalism school's visiting committee and in its mentoring program.
Upon graduation, Myer went to work on the copy desk of The Tribune Chronicle, in Warren, Ohio. She returned to the Upper Ohio Valley as first a copy editor and then news editor of The Intelligencer in Wheeling. She then worked for two years as the editor of The Times Leader in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Myer then spent more than seven years on the Americas Copy Desk at Dow Jones Newswires, in New York, N.Y., most recently as an assistant news editor.
"We are excited to have Chris join us at The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Her diverse background and experience will enhance an already strong newsroom. I look forward to Chris bringing in new ideas and leadership to both our print and digital editions," said Jim Spanner, publisher.
Myer said she is glad to be returning to newspaper work in her home state.
"I feel as though I am back where I belong," she said. "The Parkersburg News and Sentinel gives its readers news and information they simply will not get anywhere else. I have great respect for the responsibility this newsroom has to the community.
"I hope the relationship between this newspaper and the counties it serves will continue to grow," Myer said. "It is still true: Readers can count on The Parkersburg News and Sentinel to cover the Mid-Ohio Valley."