Layton named as editor of the Jessamine Journal
Published 10:37 am Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Miles Layton has been named the new editor of Bluegrass Newsmedia’s Jessamine Journal.
Layton joined the Sun Nov. 8, and in addition to overseeing the local newspaper, he also serves as editor of The Winchester Sun.
“We are pleased to welcome Miles Layton to Bluegrass Newsmedia, and look forward to his service with The Winchester Sun and Jessamine Journal,” said Jeff Moreland, regional editor of Bluegrass Newsmedia. “I am certain he will serve our communities well and guide our newspapers with excellent local coverage of events important to our readers in our print and online publications.”
Prior to joining Bluegrass Newsmedia, Layton worked for newspapers large and small during his career as a reporter and editor. After graduating from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, he earned a graduate degree in media management from West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media.
Layton has worked for several newspapers, including the Tyler Star News in Sistersville, West Virginia, the Intelligencer in Wheeling, West Virginia, the Herald-Standard in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Perquimans Weekly in Hertford, North Carolina, and the Chowan Herald in Edenton, North Carolina.
“I enjoy telling people’s stories big and small to better connect and inform the community,” Layton said. “Sometimes this endeavor sheds a light on local government while other times, folks share a story that needs to be told. Everyone has a story to tell. I’ve always felt it’s not the size of the newspaper, it is the size of the story that matters most.”
Layton has won press association awards in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
“I’m excited to have Miles join Bluegrass Newsmedia and work directly with the Winchester Sun and Jessamine Journal,” said Kevin Smith, regional publisher and president for Bluegrass Newsmedia. “Miles has over 21 years of experience in Community Journalism and will be an asset to our newsgathering operation and the communities he will serve.”
He and his wife Nicole have three children: Samantha, Robert, and Joseph. When Layton is not writing, he and family enjoy being on the water, kayaking through the various waterways in places near and far.