Long-time sports writer and editor Jeff Linville has been promoted to the position of assistant editor at The Mount Airy News.
Although he has been heavily involved in the newspaper’s sports coverage in recent years, Linville actually began his career in Mount Airy as a news reporter, working for The News from 1995 to 2000. During that time, he primarily covered the commissioners for Mount Airy, Dobson and Pilot Mountain, as well as local state representatives and senators.
Linville left The News in June 2000 to become the case goods reporter for trade publication Furniture Today based in Greensboro. Over eight years, he covered many celebrity-licensed furniture collections, interviewing people like Kathy Ireland, Jaclyn Smith, Bob Timberlake, Kevin “Hercules” Sorbo, Alexander Julian, Ty Pennington, Frances Mayes, Candace Olson, Cristina Saralegui and Martha Stewart.
In 2008, Linville moved to Charlotte and worked as a freelance writer for a while before moving back to Mount Airy.
In 2010, he rejoined The News as sports reporter and photographer.
In March 2014, he was promoted to regional sports editor for Civitas Media. In that capacity Linville continued nightly sports coverage of area events, but also served as a resource for other sportswriters at various Civitas Media newspapers in the region. He oversaw scheduling of coverage at the papers, edited copy and served as a mentor to some sportswriters.
In his new capacity Linville will be doing some regular news and feature writing, but will be involved with editing stories and helping to plan the paper’s news coverage.
“Working for a small daily paper means wearing a lot of hats,” said Linville. “I’ve had a wide variety of experiences that prepared me for this new role. I look forward to the challenge. As for sports, I still love a good ball game, so don’t be surprised to see me around — just maybe sitting in the stands.”
“I’m glad to have Jeff in this important position in our newsroom,” said Editor John Peters. “I’ve worked with Jeff for several years now, and I can’t say enough good things about him and his work ethic. He is absolutely committed to community news, and to working hard to get the job right. He’ll be a great asset to us as we continue to work to make The Mount Airy News better than ever.”
Linville, who lives in White Plains, has a daughter Sarah who will attend VCU this fall.
Linville assumed his new role earlier this month, although he’s still working with sports until his replacement is appointed.