Vines named editor of El Paso Herald-Post

Tue, August 26, 1997 by Tim King

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The E.W. Scripps Company today announced that it has promoted Georgiana F. Vines, deputy managing editor of The Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel, to editor of The El Paso (Texas) Herald-Post.Vines’ appointment becomes effective Feb. 1. She replaces Tom King, who recently was named editor of the Company’s newspaper in Redding, Calif., the Record Searchlight. “Georgiana Vines is an experienced and highly skilled editor,” said Alan. M. Horton, Scripps’ senior vice president for newspapers. “She began as a reporter, earning several top awards. Her understanding of the business will be a great asset to The El Paso Herald-Post.”In her new position, Vines will assume responsibility for all editorial operations of The Herald-Post, an afternoon newspaper. Business functions are handled by The El Paso Times, The Herald-Post’s partner in a joint operating agreement.After serving as a reporter at newspapers in Florida and Wisconsin, Vines began her career with Scripps as a Knoxville News-Sentinel reporter beginning in 1968. Over the next ten years, she won an award for excellence in public affairs reporting from the American Political Science Association in 1971, and a Golden Press Card Award for outstanding journalism in eastern Tennessee in 1974.She was named assistant metro editor of the News-Sentinel in 1978 and metro editor in 1987. She was promoted to assistant managing editor two years later and to deputy managing editor just last month. Her professional activities include extensive work with the Society of Professional Journalists. As a past president of that national organization, she serves on the SPJ Leaders Council, which she chairs. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, SPJ’s educational and fund-raising organization. Vines also is a charter board member and former president of SPJ’s East Tennessee chapter.Last year, she became the tenth media professional and the first woman to be made an honorary member of the University of Tennessee’s chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, a mass communications honor society.Vines has been an active member of the community. She was a member of the 1992 Leadership Knoxville Class and serves as a member of the St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral Friends, a ministry for the ill and shut-ins. In 1986, she was a finalist in the Knoxville YWCA’s annual Tribute to Women.Vines received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in 1961. She did graduate work at the University of Tennessee, where she taught public affairs reporting classes in the 1970s. She is married to Dr. John David Fox, a program officer with the National Science Foundation. Her daughter, Carla Vines, is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee.The E.W. Scripps Company operates 19 daily newspapers, nine television stations, cable systems with 800,000 subscribers, two television production companies, a licensing and syndication unit, and a 24-hour cable television channel - Home & Garden Television.