Taking the reins


MOORESVILLE — Champion Media has announced the hiring of Alan Wooten as the general manager and editor of the Bladen Journal.

“Alan has a history as a proven leader with strong journalism and management skills in both daily and weekly newspaper environments,” said Champion Media Regional Publisher Denise Ward, adding that Wooten’s “understanding of the importance of local, community news and his passion for the business” made him a valuable asset for the Bladen Journal.

”He will be the face of the organization, will establish and maintain relationships within the community, and will fulfill our role as the leading source of local news coverage within our community,” Ward stated.

A 1987 graduate of Elon University, Wooten comes to Champion from The Fayetteville Observer, where he has served as the metro editor and the business editor since 2014.

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