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Courier newsroom gets new leadership
Veteran newsman takes over as editor
Jason Wermers
Jason Wermers, a New Jersey native who holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, is the new managing editor of the Coastal Courier and - photo by Photo provided.

Jason Wermers has been the named new managing editor for the Coastal Courier and
Wermers, 41, has 19 years’ experience as a journalist, most recently as editor of the Statesboro Herald, the Coastal Courier’s sister newspaper. He started in his new position at the Courier on March 16.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be a newsroom leader, and I look forward to getting to know Liberty and Long counties,” he said.
“I thank everyone for the warm welcome I have already received in my first week.”
Courier publisher Mark Griffin was pleased to welcome Wermers to Liberty County and lead the Courier news team.  
“Jason is a seasoned editor with great news judgment and experience, and we are very fortunate to have him join our staff,” Griffin said.
“We look forward to working with him as we continue to expand our news delivery online and in print.”
As editor of the Herald, Wermers assigned and edited articles, wrote stories, shot video for online programs and wrote scripts. Prior to that, Wermers spent much of his career as a reporter.
Beginning in 2000, he focused on covering education after he was hired as an education reporter for the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch. In 2009, while at The Sumter Item in South Carolina, Wermers was promoted to city editor.
He moved on to The Augusta Chronicle in 2010, where he worked as an assistant metro editor. He also wrote and assigned education stories and made sure late-breaking news was posted online and was in the next day’s paper.
Wermers, a native of southern New Jersey now living in Liberty County, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
He has spent more than half of his life south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but remains a faithful fan of Philadelphia professional-sports teams and Northwestern athletics.
“The Coastal Courier remains committed to bringing Liberty County readers news and information they need to remain informed about their local government, schools and other important information necessary for an engaged citizenry,” Griffin said.  
“Jason is an excellent choice to lead our print- and digital-news teams. We look forward to working with him in the years ahead.”
The Coastal Courier is owned by Savannah-based Morris Newspaper Corporation, a privately owned media company with properties in nine states in the U.S., and in the Caribbean.

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