Civitas Media has hired Amanda Dodson as editor of The Stokes News, where she’ll lead day-to-day operations and continue local community coverage throughout Stokes County.
Dodson joined The Stokes News as a freelance writer in 2009 and wrote a series on local World War II veterans, interviewed U.S Senator Richard Burr, and joined staff reporters in covering controversial issues and notable elections. In 2014 she was hired as a sports reporter and went on to cover four state championship teams and over a dozen individual state title holders.
“I’ve enjoyed covering sports because we have an amazing group of young people in our community,” she said. “I’ll continue to cheer on our athletes, but look forward to transitioning into this new role.”
Dodson brings over a decade of journalism experience. In addition to time at The Stokes News, her freelance work has been published in national magazines and publications. She’s received multiple awards from the North Carolina Press Association.
“We are extremely pleased that Amanda will be stepping into the role of interim editor. She has strong ties to the community, and continues to display her writing talents as she has covered local schools and other programs in the communities we cover. Amanda is dedicated to covering the news in Stokes County, and we are excited for her,” said Civitas Regional Publisher, Sandra Hurley.
Dodson and her husband, Justin will be married 20 years the end of this month and reside in Stokes County with their three children.
She succeeds Nicholas Elmes, who is relocating with his family to St. Louis, Missouri.