Leslie named managing editor

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Joey Leslie has been named managing editor of Out & About Newspaper. He replaces Brent Meredith, who is leaving this full time role with the GLBT newspaper to take a position with Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

Leslie has won numerous awards from the Kentucky Press Association for business writing and social commentary. He has worked as an intern at The Cincinnati Post and the Appalachian News-Express and also served as assistant features editor for WKU’s College Heights Herald. Leslie obtained a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Western Kentucky University in May 2007. He began working with Out & About Newspaper as a writer in August ‘07 and took over as advertising sales manager in September 2007.

A search for a new advertising sales manager is currently underway. Click here to read the job description.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity,” Leslie said. “To work on the editorial side has been my goal all along. It’s a wonderful feeling to get back to what I love.”

Out & About Newspaper has also contracted with Nathan Grimes Design of Murfreesboro to handle the monthly production and layout of its print issue.

O&AN is Tennessee’s largest GLBT publication, and provides a monthly print publication, as well as an Internet site that is constantly updated with news. O&AN began publishing in Oct. 2002.

“We’re very excited to have someone with Joey’s credentials to take the editorial helm,” said Jerry Jones, owner and publisher of O & AN. “We promise our readers that we’ll continue to provide the excellent coverage of the GLBT community that they have come to expect.”

Meredith will continue to work with O&AN as a volunteer, in a new position as promotions director. In that role he will coordinate and oversee the many ticket giveaways and promotions that the newspaper is involved with.

"We’re delighted to have Brent continue to work with us," Jones said. "We’ve needed someone to oversee contests and promotions and are excited that he’ll continue to work with us and the GLBT community in that role."