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Martin named editor of The Sentinel-News

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Longtime reporter to replace Doyle

By Lisa King

Beginning Monday, The Sentinel-News will have a new editor at the helm.
Longtime reporter and sports editor Todd Martin will replace Editor Steve Doyle, who is leaving after 5.5 years, to be managing editor of the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C.

Martin, a native of Kingsport, Tenn., has been with the newspaper for 13 years, the first eight as sports editor and the last four as reporter.

Martin said he is looking forward to his new position.

“My whole career has been spent here – I started here right out of college,” he said. “Having been here for thirteen-plus years now, this is like my hometown. It’s where I’m raising my family and where we’ve chosen to be.”

Martin, 37, said he anticipates that his familiarity with the newspaper and the community will make the transition a smooth one.

“Like with any big change, there will be some bumps along the road, but we have a really good staff and hope to get another reporter in place soon, to make the transition as seamless as possible,” he said. “I have big shoes to fill in replacing Steve [Doyle]; his experience and depth of knowledge of Shelby County will be almost impossible to replace.”

Sentinel-NewsPublisher Kerry Johnson cited Martin’s expertise and expressed enthusiasm for his coming leadership.

“Todd's experience and award winning skills have prepared him well for Editor,” he said. “I am confident he will continue to keep us growing and providing the strong news coverage our readers have become accustomed to."

Martin echoed those sentiments.

“I want to continue to make this paper something the community can remain proud of and feel like they’re a part of,” he said. “I want the paper to continue to promote the beliefs and traditions of the people of Shelby County.”

Said Doyle: “I don’t think the newspaper could be in better hands than the hard-working palms of Todd Martin. He has a broad range of skills and experiences, a commitment to this community and an upward tract in his development. He has grown immensely in the past few years, and I look for that growth to continue.”

Martin said he hopes that people will feel free to approach him with a spirit of openness about any topic or issue they feel is on the forefront in the community.

“Through my time in the community I’ve met a lot of people who I hope will take the opportunity to let me know any ideas that they have,” he said.

Martin has won numerous awards for journalistic excellence in many categories in news writing, layout and design.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he and his wife, Katey, live in Shelbyville with their two children, Keaton, 4, and Keller, 7 months.