Roanoke Times Executive Editor Joseph Stinnett will retire at the end of July, staffers were told at a meeting Monday afternoon. Stinnett replaced Carole Tarrant as editor last summer; he’d previously edited the The News & Advance in Lynchburg, Virginia. Lawrence McConnell, the publisher of The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, will replace Stinnett as editor.
Warren Buffett’s BH Media agreed last May to buy the Times. The Times has seen some other recent departures: statehouse reporter Mike Sluss left to join former AP reporter Bob Lewis at the Richmond law/consulting firm McGuire Woods, outdoors editor Mark Taylor became a communication director at Trout Unlimited and opinion editor Christina Nuckols became a communications advisor to the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services.