Leah Williams has been named the new editor of The Nashville News.
Williams started with the paper on Monday. She comes to the News after more than six years at the Centralia Morning Sentinel.
She earned her bachelors degree in journalism and her masters degree in professional media Arts and media management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
She had worked at the Sentinel since December 2011, starting as a weekend photojournalist while she finished her advanced degree.
While at SIU, she worked as a graduate assistant in online publishing and for the Gateway Journalism Review, among other assignments.
Williams joined the newsroom as a full time reporter in June 2016, covering Fayette County.
She also helped out in the Mount Vernon office and most recently was covering Washington County for the paper.
Before the Sentinel, Williams was a general assignment and features reporter for the Mount Vernon Register News. She has also earned a regional journalism award for her work.
“ I am looking forward to coming aboard the Nashville News,” Williams said. “ I have always had a very high opinion of this paper, and I strongly believe in the impact a local newspaper can have on its community. I look forward to getting to know everyone in this new capacity.”
Williams is joined by her 10-year-old son, Matthias, who likes professional wrestling, “Star Wars,” fried chicken and video games.