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Courier names new managing editor
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Hollie Moore Barnidge - photo by Courier file photo
The Coastal Courier is pleased to formally announce the appointment of Hollie Moore Barnidge as its new managing editor. Barnidge, who has been with the Courier for nearly two years as the assistant managing editor, officially assumed the post Monday.
Since joining the Courier staff in 2008, Barnidge has effected several changes, including the
implementation of Sunday’s “Celebrations” page and the creation of new features, such as “Faces and Places”
and “Best things.” She has also worked
to polish the Courier’s appearance by showcasing content and photos with more energetic, dynamic page designs.
“I’ve worked with Hollie for a couple of years and really respect her editorial skills,” Courier publisher Mark Griffin said. “I look forward to working with her in the years ahead as we build a great newspaper and Web site for Liberty County.”
Originally from St. Louis, Barnidge earned a bachelor’s of journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She began her career in media nearly a decade ago as a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund copy editing intern at the Abilene Reporter-News in Texas. Barnidge has worked at newspapers of various sizes in several states, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in Missouri, the Island Packet in Hilton Head, S.C., and the Savannah Morning News.
She said she’s excited about her new role at the Courier and eager to get started.
“I have a lot of ideas for improving the paper’s content and look. I’m leading a talented staff and my reporters and I are very interested in producing a publication that meets the needs of all our readers in Liberty and Long counties,” Barnidge said. “We’ve definitely got some big plans in the works and I think we’re headed in the right direction in terms of strengthening the newspaper and growing our readership.”
In addition to naming a new editor, the Courier has made other staff changes. Former managing editor Pat Watkins will slide into the role of Web editor, focusing on, and Watkins also will continue to produce the Good Morning Liberty daily electronic newsletter.
The news staff also recently welcomed page designer Leslie Miller, formerly of the Courier’s production department.
Reporters Denise Etheridge and Jen Alexander McCall and sports editor Patty Leon will continue to provide comprehensive news and sports coverage.

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