LAURINBURG — Abbi Overfelt, the editor of two weekly papers in Robeson County since December, takes the reins of The Laurinburg Exchange today.
The Robeson County native who most recently managed content for The Red Springs Citizen and The St. Pauls Review has previously worked for Civitas Media as a photographer, page designer and staff writer.
Overfelt will replace Scott Witten, editor of The Laurinburg Exchange since 2007 and former managing editor of The Robesonian. He will now manage content for The Red Springs Citizen and The St. Pauls Review as well as contribute to The Robesonian on an as-needed basis.
“The decision to move Abbi to Laurinburg and bring Scott to Red Springs and St. Pauls is part of a reorganization that is designed to improve four newspapers — The Red Springs Citizen, The St. Pauls Review, The Laurinburg Exchange and The Robesonian,” said Donnie Douglas, editor of The Robesonian and content manager for a group of Civitas Media papers that includes The Red Springs Citizen, The St. Pauls Review and The Laurinburg Exchange. “Abbi has been a one-woman show at The Red Springs Citizen and The St. Pauls Review, and through her work there has earned the chance to advance her career at a daily newspaper.”
Overfelt publishes her first edition of The Laurinburg Exchange today with Witten working on his first editions of The St. Pauls Review and The Red Springs Citizen. The two will be working through the transition together.
“I have enjoyed getting to know Scotland County and its people and will miss both,” Witten said. “I will also miss my talented young staff who have done a great job reporting on this community. But I’m also looking forward to this new challenge.”
Witten will utilize staff writers at The Robesonian for help with covering community events in Red Springs and St. Pauls. He will be in charge of The Red Springs Citizen and The St. Pauls Review websites and will work to maintain a presence in both communities.
“I have enjoyed working to tell the stories of St. Pauls and Red Springs, as well as to improve the design and quality of their hometown newspapers,” Overfelt said. “I am looking forward to meeting the people of Scotland County and the challenges that a daily paper will bring.”
Overfelt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 910-276-2311, ext.12.
Civitas Media is the parent company of about 100 newspapers in rural areas of the midwestern and eastern United States including The Red Springs Citizen, The St. Pauls Review, The Laurinburg Exchange, The Robesonian, The Richmond County Daily Journal and The Bladen Journal. The company is headquartered in Davidson.