Newspapers appoint top editor

Glenn Proctor, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and award-winning news media manager, has been appointed executive editor of Lake Norman Publications effective Monday, July 23.

Glenn Proctor, left, will take over as executive editor for Lake Norman Publications. Craig Moon, owner and CEO, said Proctor will bring a higher level of journalism to the company. (Courtney Price/MIM photo)

In his new role, Proctor will oversee the day-to-day news and digital information operations of the company’s newspapers – the Herald Weekly, Mooresville Weekly and Denver Weekly and the monthly Mountain Island Monitor.

“I like to win,” Proctor told the staff Wednesday, July 18, during the announcement of his hiring. “Whether that’s with better writing, better layout (design of pages), better photography or better attitudes, I like to win.”

Craig Moon, owner and CEO of Lake Norman Publications, said, “Glenn is just the type of person our newspapers need at this point in our company’s development – an award-winning, uncompromising journalist who excels at mentoring and leadership.

“Glenn has a deep understanding of today’s shifting media landscape and knows how to navigate effectively through these changes.”

Proctor began his 40-year-plus career in 1970 as a journalist at a Philadelphia daily newspaper following service in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964-1968, which included a tour in Vietnam.

He re-enlisted in 1977 to run the base newspaper at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Proctor said he was lucky enough to find a newspaper that placed more emphasis on his writing than his education.

“I kind of learned on the job,” Proctor said. “I learned about good writing and the tenets of journalism.”

Throughout his career at newspapers in Ohio, Kentucky, Iowa, New York, New Jersey and Virginia, he and his colleagues won many awards – including a 1987 Pulitzer Prize that Proctor shared with fellow reporters at the Akron Beacon Journal for coverage of the takeover of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

“Our team really took this on because Goodyear was based in Akron,” he said. “Our team just worked on telling the world how important Goodyear was and that, if this takeover went through, it would basically ruin the company and in an indirect way hurt the economic cli- mate of Akron.”

Proctor also was a reporter for United Press International in Philadelphia and served as a Congressional press secretary in Washington, D.C.

He retired in June 2011 as executive editor at the then Media General-owned Richmond Times-Dispatch, a position he held for five-and-a-half years, to pursue professional mentoring.

Upon retirement, Proctor created REDDjobb, a consulting company that provides career management and coaching to journalists and newsroom managers.

He authored an e-book, “Tweets, Greets, Sweets & Beets: A Guide to Managing Ego,” available through Amazon.com.

“I love to manage and teach,” Proctor said.

Proctor’s staff at the Richmond TimesDispatch won the National Headliners Award for Breaking News for its coverage on the 2007 Virginia Tech University massacre.

The National Association of Black Journalists in 2007 awarded Proctor with its Legacy Award.

UNITY: Journalists of Color also included Proctor in its 2012 list of the most important journalists of the past century, alongside reporters such as Christiane Amanpour, Connie Chung and Geraldo Rivera.

During his time at the Richmond TimesDispatch and the Newark Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., where he spent a decade as city editor, assistant managing editor for local news and associate editor, he commuted to and from Charlotte, where his wife, Terri, worked, in the banking industry. The Proctors have four grown children. They continue to live in Charlotte, where Terri works for PNC Bank.

Proctor serves on the board of the Maynard Institute of Journalism Education, the advisory boards of the Marine Military Academy and Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the executive council of Reginald F. Lewis School of Business at Virginia State University.

He taught at Washington and Lee University as a Reynolds Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism the semester following his retirement and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Kent State University from 1989-90.

Proctor said he’s eager to get back to journalism after more than a year away.

Aside from improving news coverage and writing, he said he wants to improve the company’s websites in the weeks ahead.

“I want to make the website more relevant by putting up more daily and weekly content,” he said. “We will act, in many ways, like a daily newspaper, by posting content throughout the week.”

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