Adios, sayonara, ciao, au revoir, goodbye. No matter how you say it, it’s never easy to watch someone move on, and that statement is no truer than today for us here at the News-Times. After more than 20 years, the News-Times is set to lose one of its greatest assets today: Managing Editor Shea Wilson.
Shea has dedicated herself to this newspaper, starting out as a features writer after she graduated from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia. She’s since moved up through the ranks, first taking on the position of assistant managing editor before assuming the duties of managing editor.
She will be sorely missed among colleagues here at the News-Times where she was able to be both well-liked and respected — which is no easy task for any editor at any newspaper. In her years she’s also managed to remain in touch with the community she reports on, written biting editorials championing the tenets of right over wrong, and garnered the respect of journalism professionals statewide.
As Shea moves onto a position as a public information officer at the Arkansas Department of Corrections in Pine Bluff, I hope all of you will join me in wishing her the highest of thanks and the best of luck. We’ll miss you, Shea!
And the warmest of salutations to Chris Qualls, the News-Times’ soon-to-be former night editor, as he prepares to take over for Shea on Monday.