Former SABEW leader to be executive editor of Alton (Ill.) Telegraph near St. Louis


Warren Watson, executive editor, Alton Telegraph.
Warren Watson, executive editor, Alton Telegraph.

Special to SABEW  

ALTON – Former SABEW executive director Warren Watson is returning to daily journalism. Watson will join the Alton Telegraph, a 7-day newspaper company, as executive editor. He will start in early April.

 The paper is owned by Civitas Media, which owns about 100 newspapers, based in Davidson, N.C.

 It represents a return to daily newspaper leadership for Watson. He has held top news positions in Peabody, Mass.; Waterville, Maine; and Augusta, Maine, He also was managing editor of the Portland (Maine) Press Herald, as part of a 42-year career in newspapers, education and associations.

Watson was executive director of SABEW from September 2009 until July 1, 2014.

He is the author of “Surviving Journalism,” which is to be published by Marion Street Press later this year.

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