The Fayetteville Observer names 1st female executive editor

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The publisher of The Fayetteville Observer says the newspaper has its first female executive editor.

Publisher Bob Gruber announced that Lorry Williams, who has worked in a number of positions at the newspaper over 32 years, will be the first female to lead the newsroom in the paper’s 203-year history. Williams succeeds Matt Leclercq, who recently was promoted to GateHouse Media’s national news editor in Austin, Texas.

Williams’ previous roles include senior news editor, deputy news editor and a reporter on numerous beats. She is a 1986 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.


Information from: The Fayetteville Observer,

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