Steve Crawford, an award-winning investigative reporter and former city editor of The Augusta Chronicle, has been named the publisher of The Columbia County News-Times.
Chronicle Media President Dana Atkins made the announcement Tuesday, calling Crawford "a seasoned professional, whose reporting represents our company's commitment to public service and informing the community."
"As we considered the publisher of the News-Times, Steve Crawford was a natural choice from all of our candidates," Atkins said. "Steve has been recognized multiple times for journalism excellence, to include a recent first-place award for investigative reporting from the Georgia Press Association."
"Steve has done tremendous work since returning to our newsroom, leading some of our best efforts in the past two years," said John Gogick, the executive editor of The Chronicle. "It will be hard to replace his talent, but the people of Columbia County are lucky to have Steve's attention focused on their issues."
Crawford, 50, has held several reporting and editing jobs at The Chronicle over the past two decades, including several years in its Columbia County Bureau. He also worked as a senior communications specialist for University Healthcare System.
"We look forward to Steve's contributions to The Columbia County News-Times, and under his leadership, continuing its legacy of award-winning journalism in this great community," said Derek May, the executive vice president of Morris Publishing Group, the parent company of The Columbia County News-Times.
Crawford is a north Georgia native and served in the Army as paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, earning the rank of sergeant.
He attended the University of Georgia before graduating with a bachelor's degree in English from Augusta State University. He and his wife, Lorin, have three sons and a daughter and are active members of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Grovetown.
"Steve's journalism excellence, coupled with his award-winning investigative reporting, will contribute immeasurably to the content development of The Columbia-County News Times," Atkins said. "I anticipate Steve will bring to the News-Times the same energy, vision and team-building skills we have witnessed during his tenure at The Augusta Chronicle."
Crawford will replace Barry Paschal, who left The News-Times last month to take an executive role at Goodwill Industries.