Williamson named editor of Abilene Reporter-News

Thu, May 17, 2012 by Tim King

Doug Williamson, a 35-year news industry veteran with broad expertise in local journalism, specialty publications and marketing, has been named editor of the Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News, effective May 21.

“Doug brings a unique blend of skills to the editor role,” said Mizell Stewart III, vice president of content for the newspaper division of The E.W. Scripps Company. “Throughout his career, he has demonstrated the ability to take on new challenges with a sense of optimism, purpose and dedication to the community. We will depend on all of those skills as we transform our newsrooms to serve readers in print, on smartphones, on ReporterNews.com and on tablets.”

Williamson is a 1973 graduate of Baylor University with a degree in oral communication and journalism. He has served in a variety of positions at the Reporter-News since 1985, including managing editor, multimedia editor, business editor, marketing director and director of circulation sales and marketing.

Most recently, Williamson directed specialty publications at the Reporter-News, including Abilene Biz (a monthly business journal), several weekly newspapers, and the home and real estate sections. His other endeavors include writing “Ask Doug,” a four-times weekly column in which he answers questions from Reporter-News readers.

Williamson’s tenure at the Reporter-News has been marked by extensive civic involvement. He is a past president of the Expo Center of Taylor County and the Kiwanis Club of Abilene. He also served on the boards of the Better Business Bureau, the YMCA of Abilene, and Meals on Wheels.

He and his wife, Frances, have two grown sons.

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