The Athens Messenger is proud to announce that Tyler Buchanan has been named editor of the newspaper.

Buchanan has been employed with The Messenger and The Vinton County Courier since 2013 after graduating from Bowling Green State University. While serving as a staff journalist for The Messenger, Buchanan was also named editor of The Courier in April of 2015.

Buchanan takes over as editor for Joe Higgins, who has held the role since 2012. Higgins has been with the company since 2003 and will remain as the regional content editor with Adams Publishing Group Media of Ohio.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to Tyler. He is a strong writer with great journalistic instincts and we feel the readers of The Messenger will benefit as he takes the helm,” said Monica Nieporte, president and publisher of APG Media of Ohio. “Joe will be taking more of a hands-on role with the editors of our regional papers to help them make the most of their resources and improve the reader experience in those markets. We feel that this restructuring is in the best interests of both readers and our advertising clients as we look for ways to continue to improve our print and online content.”

Buchanan has won several Associated Press awards for his work with The Messenger, including back-to-back years for Best Feature Writer for 2015 and 2016. He also earned third place for Best Explanatory Reporting for 2016, third place for Best Columnist for 2015 and third place for Best Feature Writer for 2013.

In his time as editor for The Courier, the weekly newspaper has won 13 Osman C. Hooper awards for newswriting, design, sports coverage and community awareness reporting.

“Tyler will do a great job in continuing to help grow the newspaper. He brings excellent journalistic integrity, energy and dedication with him to this role,” Higgins said. “Tyler is very involved in the community and has done a wonderful job with The Courier. I’m excited to see the future of The Messenger with him as editor.”

As editor of The Messenger, Buchanan will lead day-to-day duties in Athens and a newsroom that consists of excellent journalists in Associated Press Hall of Famer Steve Robb, Sarah Guinn, Larry Di Giovanni, Samantha Taylor and photographer John Halley as well as the sports department with sports editor Kevin Wiseman and Jason Arkley.

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