Marleah Ross, a 13-year veteran of The Westerly Sun newsroom, has been promoted to news editor with responsibility for all local news coverage and display in the print and online editions as well as assignments for the Sun’s reporters and photo staff.
Ross has served as assignment editor since 2010 and had been responsible for The Sun’s entertainment and arts coverage, including The Guide. Before joining The Sun, Ross worked as a reporter, editor and editorial writer at The Norwich Bulletin, copy editor at The Providence Journal, editorial writer at USA Today, and editor-in-chief of the boating magazine Soundings.
The move, announced earlier this month by David Tranchida, Sun editor and vice president of news, coincides with the company’s recent decision to hire its first digital editor, who will be responsible for the production of web-only stories, photos and video, web enhancements to the print edition, and The Sun’s Twitter, Facebook and related social media platforms. The editor, Corey Fyke, a native and current resident of Pawcatuck, joins the Sun newsroom this week in that capacity. Sun publisher and president Eliot White said the addition of a digital editor is part of a long-range plan now coming to fruition.
“A digital editor is vital to newsrooms of today and we look forward to the collaboration of Marleah and Corey strengthening our digital news offerings,” White said.
Fyke will report to Ross in coordinating production of The Sun’s print and web editions and social media strategy. Fyke joins The Sun after four years as a regional editor for Patch Media Corp., a web-only local news site operated nationally by AOL. Fyke was responsible for 36 Patch sites in Connecticut from 2010 to 2014. Previously, Fyke worked for eight years at The Day of New London where he served as night city editor, assistant copy desk chief and the newsroom’s web technician, responsible for augmenting print material with additional web-only content. Fyke also worked as a copy editor for the Connecticut Post and New Haven Register and was a reporter with the Mystic River Press, now owned by Sun Publishing Co.