Here's the news:
Christina Nuckols named editorial page editor of The Roanoke TimesTo get to know the new head of propaganda at the Times, I turned to this compilation of her editorial work at the Virginian-Pilot.
By Jenny Kincaid Boone, Roanoke Times
Christina Nuckols, a former reporter for The Roanoke Times and an editorial writer for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfork, is returning to the Roanoke Valley as The Times' new editorial page editor.
Nuckols was chosen from a pool of 25 applicants for the post that Dan Radmacher left in March. Nuckols begins her new job May 31.
A native of Page County, Nuckols, 44, has worked for newspapers in Lynchburg and Staunton. From 1996 to 2000, she was a reporter for The Roanoke Times, where she covered Roanoke County and later reported on state politics from the newspaper's Richmond bureau. Nuckols went on to report on state politics for The Virginian-Pilot and later became a Richmond-based editorial writer for the Norfolk operation. The Roanoke Times and The Virginian-Pilot both are owned by Landmark Media Enterprises.
Nuckols' passion for Southwest Virginia and knowledge of the issues that affect this area allowed her to rise above a competitive group of candidates, said Debbie Meade, president and publisher of The Roanoke Times.
"She knows our region," Meade said. "She has a real fondness for ... [blah blah blah] [link]
All I can say is, I miss ol' Dan already.
Can you say MILQUETOAST?
At least we can give Radmacher credit for one thing. He may have been totally wrong about every subject on which he tried to expound, he was at least entertaining. This gal is boring beyond words. A word of prediction: You'll never see the words "hard-hitting" and "Christina Nuckols" used in the same sentence. Ever.
Her most controversial piece to date?
Respite at the Byrd: Organ music soothes cranky lawmakers
Wow. Hold me back.
I'm going to venture a guess and suggest that this was publisher Debbie Meade's plan for the Times. In a region growing ever more conservative, the business model that she had deployed to date - that being to see how many of her potential customers she could piss off by forcing the most outlandishly liberal editorials down their throats - just wasn't cutting it. So she's decided to move the editorial page onto a more non-controversial plane.
That's probably a good move.
Though it's going to make it difficult for a guy like me to heap scorn on the Times when I'm reading smashmouth stuff about skirt length and doggy grooming.
Yeah, I think I'm going to miss ol' Dan.
I'll just have to hope the Roanoke Times doesn't dump Christian Trejbal. He's still good for a few laughs.