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McGill named Daily Mail sports editor

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Chuck McGill has been named the Daily Mail's sports editor, Editor and Publisher Nanya Friend has announced. 

McGill, 31, is a Charleston native who has worked as a sportswriter at the newspaper since 2009.

He is a 1999 graduate of DuPont High School who holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from West Virginia University.

"I am excited to be able to draw our new sports editor from within our ranks," Friend said. "Chuck grew up reading the Daily Mail, and he has a strong sense of its traditions and devotion to aggressive coverage of local news.

"He is excited about this position and eager to continue the sports department's legacy of excellence and service to readers."    

McGill plans to build on the department's strengths to enhance local and state coverage.

"As a kid I used to spend my after-school hours as a paperboy pulling a wagon full of Daily Mail newspapers around my West Side neighborhood," he said.

"The sports staff here developed its reputation as a leader in local and regional sports coverage long before that.

"It is my job to uphold and enhance the standard set by my predecessors, put a great amount of care into the print product and have an aggressive online presence.

"With the current staff here, I have no shortage of confidence we can accomplish those things on a daily basis."

McGill has covered Marshall football and men's basketball and the West Virginia Power minor league baseball team over the last three years. On those beats, he embraced engaging with readers through various social media platforms, and he plans to continue that as sports editor.

McGill began working in newspapers in 2002 as a sportswriter for the Daily Athenaeum, WVU's student-run newspaper. He spent three years as the assistant sports editor and sports editor before graduating.

Prior to arriving at the Daily Mail in 2009, McGill spent three years as the sports editor of the Northern Virginia Daily.

McGill was voted the 2011 West Virginia Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The award is voted on by state members of the national group.

He also collected a pair of writing honors from the West Virginia Press Association in 2011. He won first place for Best Sports Feature Writing and second place for Best Sports Columnist. McGill lives in Charleston with his wife, Lauren, and newborn son, Gunnar. Lauren McGill is the Daily Mail's city editor.


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