Shannon Ballew

Shannon Ballew, former reporter at Cherokee Tribune and Cherokee Ledger-News, has returned as managing editor of the newspapers.

Ballew was most recently an education and general assignment reporter at sister paper, the Marietta Daily Journal. Both publications are owned by Times-Journal, Inc.

As managing editor, Ballew will be responsible for the news, sports and feature content of the papers and corresponding digital products.

"We are fortunate to have a journalist of Shannon's caliber already on staff and ready to step into a managerial position with our company," Publisher Otis Brumby III said. "Shannon's experience and knowledge of Cherokee County is a plus that will benefit the Tribune, the Ledger-News and our readers."

Ballew is a graduate of Young Harris College with a bachelor's degree in communication studies. She lives with her husband, Thomas Ballew, and their two dogs and a cat in southeast Cherokee County near Woodstock.

“The people in Cherokee County deserve great quality, locally focused stories that share the news of the day and how it affects them,” she said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to lead this effort at the Cherokee Tribune and Ledger-News, and it means a lot to me to be serving my own community.”

The new managing editor succeeds Gary Tanner, who recently became a public relations specialist at Kennesaw State University.

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