'The News' loses editor to 'Lebanon Democrat'

Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 1:38pm

The News editor Sandy Campbell has submitted his resignation effective Dec. 15 to take a political reporting job at The Lebanon Democrat beginning the following day.

Campbell, perhaps best known for being The Tennessean’s editorial cartoonist for several decades — from 1975-2002 — said he wanted to get back to his journalistic roots.

“I just wanted to be a reporter again,” he told The City Paper.

Campbell became editor of The News — a subsidiary of GCA Publishing Co., which publishes Nashville neighborhood newspapers Green Hills News, Belle Meade News, West Meade News, West Side News, Nashville Today and magazine Today’s Homes — in May of 2003 after a long career at Nashville’s daily newspaper.

After his first reporting job at the Knoxville News-Sentinel and a four-year stint in the Air Force, Campbell began work on The Tennessean’s copy desk, then spent four years as an editorial writer before becoming the newspaper’s editorial cartoonist in 1975.

In a small-world twist of fate, Campbell succeeds Democrat reporter J.R. Lind, who was recently hired as a reporter for The City Paper’s sister news organ Nashville Post.

Publisher Gary Cunningham is currently advertising in his newspapers to replace Campbell.

“GCA Publishing Company … is looking for an energetic person with a journalism degree or equivalent experience to join our news staff as editor of our five newspapers,” the ad reads. “Good writing skills, spelling, grammar and the ability to work with other departments and staff a must. Salary based on experience.”