- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A native Midwesterner with a background in community journalism has been tapped as the new executive editor of the Pensacola News Journal.

Lisa Nellessen-Lara is set to start March 27. She will oversee a staff of 32 editors, reporters and photographers, as well as the contributions of dozens of freelance writers.

Nellessen-Lara began her news career as a reporter in 1997 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She is currently the executive editor of the Muncie Star Press in Indiana. She has been credited by Gannett with improving its Muncie news operation in a range of areas from video offerings and updated content to watchdog reporting.

Nellessen-Lara succeeds Richard Schneider, who retired as the News Journal’s executive editor in August. She is the first newsroom hire by Terry Horne, who was named president and publisher of the News Journal in January.

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Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com

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