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Jim Ross is named Citrus Times editor

Ross has been a reporter in Citrus County for 12 years and has covered several beats, including courts, politics and medicine.

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 8, 2002

Jim Ross is the new editor of the Citrus Times.

Ross, 34, succeeds Greg Hamilton, who recently became editor of editorials in Citrus. Hamilton led the news reporting staff for 14 years before deciding he wanted a new challenge. For 12 of those years, Ross was one of his most prolific reporters, covering courts, police, the city of Inverness, politics, medicine, social services and tourism.

As a student at Northwestern University outside Chicago, Ross accepted an internship at the St. Petersburg Times' Pasco County office during the summer of 1987. He came to work for the Times in Citrus County shortly after he graduated from college in 1989.

"Jim has prepared himself well for this important position," said Bill Stevens, the editor who supervises the Times' news bureaus in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties. "He is a solid journalist and an authority on Citrus County."

Ross and his wife, Melanie, have three children: James, 7, Anna, 3, and Kate, 9 months.

"This is a great opportunity, and I'm very excited about it," Ross said.

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