The Brunswick News today announces Buddy Hughes has been named managing editor.

Hughes, previously sports editor, takes the place of Michael Hall, who left The News on Friday to become publisher of The Hartwell Sun in Hartwell, Ga. Hughes will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and its staff.

“I’m incredibly honored to take this position, and am thankful to be inheriting such a talented staff and newsroom,” said Hughes, 35. “Overall, I don’t think readers should expect much to change. Our news team will continue to deliver the quality local journalism our community has come to expect. I’m looking forward to meeting with community leaders and our readers and am excited about this new opportunity.”

Buff Leavy, president of The Brunswick News Publishing Co., The News’ parent company, said he thanked Hall for his tenure as managing editor and feels confident Hughes is the right pick to replace Hall.

“Buddy has been with the company for many years and has always been a reliable and earnest asset,” Leavy said. “He’s a hard worker and has the judgment a managing editor needs. I know he’ll continue the 116-year tradition of excellence The Brunswick News Publishing Co. is committed to.”

Hughes joined The News in 2009 as a sports reporter. He covered local and regional athletics until May 2013, when he became a news editor. In that position, he mentored reporters, laid out pages and wrote columns and feature articles. Hughes took over as sports editor in April 2016 when Hall replaced retiring Hank Rowland as managing editor.

He is a 2005 graduate of the University of Alabama, where he received a bachelor’s of arts in journalism. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the Golden Isles beaches and watching college football.

The Brunswick News Publishing Co. is a fourth-generation owned family company that produces The News, Golden Isles Magazine, Coastal Illustrated, The News & Advertiser and other supplementary products. TheBrunswickNews.com is also the area’s leading online new source.

The News was founded in 1902 by Clarence H. Leavy, the great-grandfather of Buff Leavy, and is one of the few remaining family-owned newspapers in Georgia.

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