Halifax names new publisher in Fort Walton Beach, weekly newspapers

Skip Foster

Skip Foster

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 09:14 AM.

Skip Foster, a veteran publisher and Florida native, a veteran publisher and Florida native, will be the next publisher of the Northwest Florida Daily News and overseeweekly newspapers in Milton, Crestview, Destin and Walton County.

Friday morning’s announcement followed a nearly two-month search that drew candidates from across the country and ended with the hiring of Foster, publisher of the Shelby Star in Cleveland County, N.C., since 2007.

“I’m excited,” said Roger Quinn, central regional publisher for Halifax Media Group, which also owns the Shelby Star. “We looked across the country and found that the best candidate was one of our own.

“He has a proven track record of not just leading award-winning newspapers, but of making a newspaper — and himself — an integral part of the community it serves.”

Before assuming the publisher’s role at the Shelby Star, Foster served as its editor for 10 years. During that time it was part of the chain of newspapers that included the Northwest Florida Daily News, giving him familiarity with the “unbelievable” beauty of the region and its newspapers.

“I am honored to lead such a tremendous team in this growing and vibrant market,” Foster said. “No one provides better content and better marketing solutions than The Daily News.

“I can’t wait to get to know this community,” he continued. “My favorite part of being publisher is connecting the newspaper with readers, businesses and organizations in the markets we serve.”

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