Joel Christopher, executive editor of the Courier Journal in Louisville, will take the helm of Knoxville News Sentinel in February as executive editor.
Joel has also served on the KPA Board of Directors as the elected Board member for District 6, encompassing Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties.
In Louisville, Christopher led one of the best newsrooms in Kentucky, a 10-time Pulitzer winner. “When you look at the Knoxville newsroom you see there’s such a rich legacy and strong investigative journalism,” said Christopher, 47, who will begin in his new role on Feb. 4. “Add in the fact that we are part of a very strong Tennessee network … that’s exciting from a news perspective and an audience perspective because of the extra power that goes into important journalism efforts and big breaking news.”