Daily Astorian names new managing editor

Laura Sellers Earl
Laura Sellers Earl

The Daily Astorian and dailyastorian.com have a new newsroom leader. Today, Editor and Publisher Steve Forrester announced Laura Sellers is the newspaper’s managing editor. She succeeds Patrick Webb, who held the position for 13 years. The managing editor is responsible for directing the newspaper’s reporting and manages newsroom personnel.

This is Sellers’ second term as managing editor. In 1995, she became the first woman to lead the newspaper’s editors and reporters and built the Astorian’s first website with her husband.

“With Laura’s keen news sense and her deep involvement in the digital frontier, she is ideally suited to lead our news operation in this dynamic atmosphere and at this pivotal moment,” Forrester said.

Describing her career in Astoria and the company’s digital operations, Sellers said: “I’ve come full circle by rejoining this newsroom, which played such a pivotal role in my journalism career. After 22 years with this company, it’s more exciting than ever to be back in the trenches and guiding this team of talented journalists, while we report the news that reflects our communities and impacts our lives.”

During her tenure, the newspaper received its first two Oregon general excellence awards. In 2000, she became the Astorian’s parent company’s first Internet editor, overseeing its transition to the then-new world of digital publishing. Over the years, she has held a succession of titles while leading the digital team; most recently as digital development director. She is on the board of the Associated Press Media Editors, and in 2017, will become the national organization’s president.

Sellers will talk more about the road ahead in an upcoming Editor’s Notebook.

She and husband Carl Earl have lived in the Astoria area since 1992 when he became the newspaper’s production manager and she was an advertising designer. Earl is now the corporate systems manager.

The Daily Astorian is owned by EO Media Group. The company publishes 11 newspapers and 18 websites. Learn more at eomediagroup.com