Wayne Carter has been named the new editor of the Carroll County Times, effective Dec. 28. He will oversee the daily newspaper, its website at www.carrollcountytimes.com and its other publications.
Carter will be replacing Paul Milton, who recently decided to take advantage of a Tribune Publishing voluntary employee separation program after 32 years with the Baltimore Sun Media Group.
"I am extremely honored and excited about this new opportunity," Carter said. "I will be focused on enhancing our local coverage online and in print, and will continue to work alongside our talented newsroom staff to bring the news and information that our readers expect."
Carter has been part of the Carroll County Times newsroom since February 2007, when he joined the paper as a copy editor, and was promoted to city editor later that year. For the past eight years in that role, he has overseen the Times' news and feature reporters, and organized day-to-day coverage for the publication.
"Wayne's newsroom leadership and commitment to delivering quality local journalism for the last eight years at the Carroll County Times and his extensive knowledge of the community make him a perfect choice for this position," said Trish McCarthy Carroll, publisher of the Times. "Wayne has become an instrumental part of our leadership team and I am confident he is well positioned to take the reins."
Prior to joining the Times, Carter worked as a news and sports reporter for various publications on the Eastern Shore owned by Chesapeake Publishing and Gannett's Delmarva Media Group, including a stint as the editor of a community weekly newspaper in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Carter was born and raised in Central Maryland, and currently lives in Baltimore County with his wife and two daughters.
"I am looking forward to a really great opportunity to continue my career here at the Carroll County Times," Carter said. "Our past editor [Jim Lee] had faith in me to be the city editor and I feel like I have gotten an opportunity to learn a lot from both him and Paul and grow to the point where I feel ready to take the reins at the Times."
Milton said he was grateful for the opportunity to serve as editor of the Times and has enjoyed his time, but he is also looking forward to the opportunity, afforded by the voluntary employee separation program, to try something new.
"This gives me the opportunity to go do some things that I've always wanted to do," Milton said. "The timing of it was odd in the sense that I've only been here six or seven months and I enjoyed that time; I felt good about the direction of the paper. The good thing about that is I feel even better about it with Wayne taking charge."
Milton and Carter will be working closely over the next few weeks in order to ensure a smooth transition, and Carter said he is looking forward to stepping into his new role, while also continuing the Times' mission of providing local news to the people of Carroll County.
"I'm looking forward to some of the things that come with being the editor … getting to have a little more face time with readers," Carter said. "I look forward to hearing from our readers on what we can do better, on what we're doing great and then bringing them community news every day, delivered to their doorstep."
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