CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A change in leadership soon will take place at the Charleston Daily Mail.
Brad McElhinny will assume the position of editor and publisher. He replaces Nanya Friend, who will step down at the end of June after 36 years with the paper.
Editorial page editor Johanna Maurice, a 35-year veteran of the staff, also plans to retire. A search for her replacement is underway.
McElhinny, 41, is currently managing editor and has been with the Daily Mail for 20 years. He also has served as city editor and prior to that was a general assignment reporter with a weekly column.
"I want to continue the Daily Mail's focus on aggressive coverage of local news," McElhinny said. "I want to uphold the standards of the newspaper while also reaching new audiences at dailymail.com and through social media.
"Nanya Friend has been the best mentor anyone could wish for. She has provided a daily example of integrity and responsibility - while also showing that we can have fun while informing our community. That's a model I aspire to in my new role."
McElhinny is a 1994 graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and a 1990 graduate of Parkersburg South High School.
He lives in Charleston with his wife, Karen, a local attorney, and children Isabelle and Katie.
Friend, who holds an English degree from Virginia Tech, joined the Daily Mail in 1977 as education reporter. She spent seven years covering several beats, including the statehouse, and in 1984 was named city editor. She has been the paper's top editor since 1996 and was given the additional role as publisher in 2004.