First, longtime editorial page associate editor Roger Chesley is moving on. In an op-ed penned for his regular Saturday column, Chesley announces that he is leaving the editorial board but not the paper. “[F]ollowing in the footsteps of Kerry Dougherty,” Chesley will be writing a metro column which will appear three times a week.
I wish Roger the best, and I’m looking forward to his columns. It has been a long time since the paper had two metro columnists.
Replacing Chesley on the editorial board is Shawn Day. According to his bio on the Pilot’s website (which hasn’t been updated yet), Day joined the paper in May, 2008 after a stint at the Peninsula’s Daily Press. His previous assignment was covering courts in Virginia Beach. He recently completed an M.A. in English (Professional Writing) at ODU, where I understand his thesis was on the use of social media during the 2009 gubernatorial campaign. (I’m guessing he spent some time talking to Vincent over at Too Conservative, who penned a great piece on that very topic.)
It will be interesting to watch the dynamics of the editorial board, with such a young member amongst them.