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Hamilton to take over Citrus Times editorial pages

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 4, 2002

In a move to strengthen its editorial commitment on the North Suncoast, the St. Petersburg Times today announced that the Citrus Times will soon have its first full-time editor of editorials.

Greg Hamilton, who has been directing news coverage as editor of the Citrus Times since 1988, will move from that position to oversee the editorial pages in the coming weeks. His replacement has not yet been announced.

The Times has served Citrus County since the early 1970s and in that time has had one editorial writer for both the Citrus County and Hernando County editions. The move will allow Jeff Webb, who for 10 years has been the editor of editorials for both editions, to focus exclusively on Hernando County while giving Citrus County its first full-time editorial writer.

"This move will strengthen our editorial voice in both Citrus and Hernando," said Philip Gailey, the newspaper's editor of editorials and vice president. "I'm delighted that Greg Hamilton has agreed to come over to the editorial side as part of our effort to better serve our North Suncoast readers. I cannot think of anyone better equipped by experience and interests to direct our Citrus editorial page. Greg cares about his community."

As a member of the St. Petersburg Times Editorial Board, Hamilton will write editorials and columns several times each week for the Citrus Times and will edit letters to the editor and guest columns. He also will organize local editorial board meetings with Citrus County public officials, community leaders and candidates for public office.

Hamilton, 45, is a Philadelphia native and a 1979 graduate of Temple University. He has been an Inverness resident for nearly 14 years, having moved to Citrus County after working for the Times in St. Petersburg for four years. He came to the Times from Newsday on Long Island and previously ran the news operation at the Trenton Times in New Jersey's capital city.

Hamilton and his wife, Julie, have four sons, three of whom are in the Citrus County public school system. A fourth son attends the University of Central Florida, following his graduation this spring from Citrus High School.

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