Sports and politics are among the coverage areas that have long distinguished The News & Observer. Now the newspaper has promoted two members of its staff to key roles overseeing those topics. Natalie Pierre has been named N&O sports editor, while Lars Dolder is the new NC Insider editor. Both have already made major contributions to The N&O’s coverage in their previous roles. Pierre, as a deputy sports editor for McClatchy Southeast, led college sports coverage — including North Carolina and Duke’s runs to the Final Four last season — in the Carolinas. Dolder, as a business reporter, has covered retail, innovation and technology for the paper.