Layton joins workers as information editor, Columbus metropolis authorities reporter

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Miles Layton joined The Dispatch as the news editor.

His first day was Monday.

In his position, Layton will work directly with the Editor-in-Chief in preparing and editing content for the news section of the newspaper and will also handle the Columbus City Council.

“Miles is a great addition to our newsroom,” said Editor-in-Chief Zack Plair. “He is competent and experienced. His contributions have already had a positive effect on our product. “

Layton is originally from North Carolina and is a graduate of East Carolina University. He has just completed a Masters program from West Virginia University’s NewStart program and will graduate in December. Layton has worked for newspapers of various sizes, including The Intelligencer in Wheeling, West Virginia, and The Herald-Standard in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and has published small weeklies including the Tyler Star News in Sistersville, West Virginia and the Chowan Herald in Edenton, North Carolina.

Most recently, he was editor of Perquimans Weekly in East North Carolina.

During his long career, Layton has covered everything from town hall to sports. As an award-winning journalist, Layton recently received the Henry Lee Weathers Freedom of Information Award, an Associated Press award recognizing journalists’ efforts to advocate open government.

“After many years working at newspapers large and small, I decided to work for a family-owned newspaper that cares about the community it serves,” said Layton.

“Columbus looks like an excellent place to raise a family. The people here have already made us feel very welcome. “

Layton is married to his wife Nicole. They have three children, Samantha, 14; Robert, 13; and Joseph, 10; and three dogs.

He replaces the news editor Isabelle Altman, whose last day was Friday. Altman joined Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina.

Layton can be reached by email at [email protected]