Publisher/editor retires in Moultrie, Ga.
Dwain Walden, known affectionately as the "red-headed editor" of The Moultrie (Ga.) Observer, has retired, capping a 46-year career at the paper. He has served as the paper's public face in the community for decades.
Jeff Masters, veteran south Georgia newspaper executive, has assumed Walden's publisher duties. Newsroom manager Kevin Hall has been promoted to managing editor in charge of the news operation.
Masters is the regional publisher for The Observer's parent company, CNHI, LLC. He also oversees the Valdosta Daily Times and the Thomasville Times-Enterprise in south Georgia, and the Suwannee Democrat, Mayo Free Press and Jasper News in north Florida.
He said daily management of The Observer will be handled by the paper's advertising director-general manager, Laurie Gay. She started at the paper 27 years ago as an advertising representative, becoming the advertising director in 2016 and recently the general manager.