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Herald-Mail names new executive editor

September 26, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- The Herald-Mail's new executive editor is Jake Womer.

Womer joined the newspaper in January 2003 as Lifestyle editor and has served as assistant city editor for the last nine months.

Womer, 32, who lives near Hagerstown, was named executive editor this week.

He said he's looking forward to guiding The Herald-Mail.

"It's a tumultuous time and an exciting time in newspapers," he said. "There's change brewing. I think we're positioning ourselves to be the news source of Washington County and the Tri-State area, and I want to lead those efforts."

Editor and Publisher John League said Womer has the ethical values, integrity and professionalism needed to run a newsroom.

"He is a perfect person to help the paper evolve into the digital age," League said.

Womer replaces Terry Headlee, who left The Herald-Mail this month after 22 years to become the managing editor of The Frederick News-Post. Headlee was executive editor for almost eight years.

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Womer, a native of northwestern Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in English writing.

After college, he worked as an education reporter for the Rocky Mount Telegram in Rocky Mount, N.C. He also worked as the paper's Life section editor before taking a job at The Herald-Mail in 2003.

"I've been in the community for five-plus years," he said. "I look forward to getting to know the community better."

"I don't expect to make any rash changes," he continued, "but we're continuing to develop Herald-Mail.com to give readers what they want online.

"Ultimately, that's who I answer to, is the readers."

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