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Story published: 02-04-2014 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Herald & Tribune welcomes new executive editor

Lisa Whaley recently joined the Herald & Tribune.
An award-winning journalist with over 25 years of editorial experience has been named executive editor of the Herald & Tribune in Jonesborough.

Lisa Whaley is a native of West Virginia and grew up in the state of Washington. She attended Eastern Washington University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.

She started her journalism career as a writer with the Bristol Herald Courier, moving to the Johnson City Press in 1990. Later, she became the paper’s lifestyles editor.

After taking some time off to devote to family, she joined the Herald & Tribune staff in 2000. Initially, she served as a freelance writer but was soon named editor of the publication.

She worked with the Herald & Tribune until 2006, when she left to become a writer for Wellmont Health System, where she worked as a copywriter in the marketing department of the multi-hospital health system. She was responsible for writing ad copy, features, press releases, speeches and other editorial content as well as helping redesign the corporate newsletter.

Her work has been featured in local and regional advertising campaigns running in multiple formats, including billboards and other media.

Most recently, Whaley’s freelance writing was featured in a column she crafted for the Town of Jonesborough, “Talk of the Town.”

“Lisa Whaley is a true professional and an outstanding journalist,” said Publisher Lynn Richardson, who has worked with Whaley both at the Johnson City Press and the Herald & Tribune. “We have come full circle as colleagues and I am extremely pleased and fortunate to have someone with her experience and talent as our newspaper’s new executive editor.”

Whaley has been on board at the Jonesborough newspaper since mid-November and says she is looking forward to continuing the company’s long-standing tradition of excellence, fairness and accuracy.

“I love Jonesborough and believe strongly in the value of a community newspaper,” Whaley said. “I look forward to continuing the Herald & Tribune’s 145-year tradition of providing content relevant to the daily lives our readers.”