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Daily Mail editor/publisher to retire

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Longtime Charleston Daily Mail editor and publisher Nanya Friend will retire at the end of June, the newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Managing editor Brad McElhinny will take over for Friend, who is retiring after 36 years with the paper.

Editorial page editor Johanna Maurice also is retiring. She has been on the staff for 35 years and has been editorial page editor since 1986. A search for her replacement is underway.

The newspaper reported the changes Tuesday, the day after the announcement was made to staff by Jim Brady, editor in chief for Digital First Media, which oversees the Daily Mail and its website, dailymail.com.

McElhinny, 41 and a graduate of Marshall University, has been with the Daily Mail for 20 years. He's also served as a general assignment reporter and city editor.

"I want to continue the Daily Mail's focus on aggressive coverage of local news," he said. "I want to uphold the standards of the newspaper while also reaching new audiences at dailymail.com and through social media."

Friend joined the paper as an education reporter in 1977, became city editor in 1984 and was named top editor in 1996. She added the title of publisher in 2004.

A graduate of Virginia Tech, she's long been affiliated with West Virginia University's school of journalism and serves on its visiting committee. She's also a past president of the West Virginia Press Association and serves on its board of directors.

McElhinny said Friend has been a great mentor.

"She has provided a daily example of integrity and responsibility, while also showing that we can have fun while informing our community," he said. "That's a model I aspire to in my new role."


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