CORBIN — New leadership for the newsrooms of the Times-Tribune and the Sentinel-Echo has been named.
Regional Publisher Dave Eldridge announced Erin Cox was named editor of both publications effective Aug. 7. Denis House, the former Sentinel-Echo sports editor, has been promoted to managing editor at the Sentinel-Echo.
House will now oversee the daily news operation of the Sentinel-Echo.
Cox, who will now manage the news operations of both publications, was previously editor of The Times Bulletin, a daily newspaper in Van Wert, Ohio. She is a native of Van Wert, Ohio, and graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism.
Her parents, David and Janice (Watkins) Cox, are originally from Bell County, Kentucky, and many of her extended family members still live in the area.
“Every summer growing up as a child, my family and I would go visit my granny, aunts, uncles and cousins in Pineville and I always looked forward to those visits not only because I was getting to see family, but also because I loved southeastern Kentucky,” Cox said. “I’ve always wanted to live in this area and I was happy to accept this opportunity with CNHI when it became available.”
Cox commits to build upon the dedication to the communities and the newspapers’ local coverage.
“I have been working with the staffs for three weeks and I am so impressed with the people I have on my team,” she said.”They are committed to their communities and we look forward to working toward increasing our local content in each edition of both newspapers.”
House, a London resident, has served the Sentinel-Echo since 1983. He started in the insert room and worked his way up to sports editor between 1983 to 1989. He then worked at the Laurel News-Leader from 1992 to 1998, first as a news reporter and then as sports editor. He joined the Sentinel-Echo again in 1998 as sports editor.
He has been recognized many times within the Kentucky newspaper family and within the CNHI organization as as a top performer. House has won several Kentucky Press Association awards for writing and photography. He was named CNHI Sportswriter of the Year and Photographer of the Year three times each.
“I’m excited about this opportunity,” House said. “Newspapers have been my life for over 30 years and I believe they still serve a vital role in today’s society. I have literally worked in every aspect of the newspaper and I look forward to helping take The Sentinel-Echo to the next level and I am thankful for this opportunity”
Eldridge said Cox and House are already making a positive impact for the newspapers and their readers.
“Erin and Denis are elevating our coverage of local news, sports and information to a level readers in the Tri-County deserve. We are absolutely committed to being the number one information source for Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties.”
The Times Tribune and The Sentinel Echo are CNHI newspapers. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, CNHI is a leading publisher of local news and information. Its newspapers, websites and specialty publications serve communities in 23 states.