Stoke Sentinel deputy editor Richard Bowyer has been promoted to editor.
It follows the exit of Mike Sassi, who moved to become editor of the Nottingham Post last month.
Bowyer started his career at the Coalville and Ashby Times before moving on to the Peterborough Evening Telegraph, Wolverhampton Express & Star and the Derby Telegraph.
He was made deputy editor of the Lincolnshire Echo in 1999, during which time the paper won the Newspaper Society’s Newspaper of the Year award, and joined the Sentinel as deputy editor in 2006.
"I feel honoured to take up the role of editor and I am looking forward to continuing to serve the community of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire,” he said.
“Thanks to all the hard work put in by the team, we have a fabulous newspaper and a growing online audience. I am looking forward to the exciting times ahead."
Michelle Gesell, managing director Staffordshire Sentinel News and Media, described Bowyer as “incredibly well respected” in the newsroom and local community.