Observer names veteran journalist as its new managing editor


A veteran journalist at The Charlotte Observer, Taylor Batten, has been named its new managing editor.

Batten, 50, has spent his 24-year career at the Observer, most recently as editor of its opinion pages for the past 11 years. He will now be the No. 2 editor in a newsroom that has transitioned from print to digital platforms.

“Taylor has a strong understanding of the opportunities ahead for us to build our readership — audience growth built on relevant, compelling journalism that our community will find only in The Charlotte Observer,” Executive Editor Sherry Chisenhall said in announcing the appointment to the newsroom Friday. “He’s also excited about helping the newsroom break exclusive news, develop strong talent in our room and learn and thrive as a digital news organization.”

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