Jason Wermers has been named the new managing editor for the Bryan County News and BryanCountyNews.com.
Wermers, 41, has 19 years’ experience as a journalist, most recently as editor of the Statesboro Herald, the Bryan County News’ sister newspaper. He started in his new position at the News on March 16.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be a newsroom leader, and I look forward to getting to know Bryan County,” he said. “I thank everyone for the warm welcome I have already received in my first week.”
Regional publisher Mark Griffin was pleased to welcome Wermers to Bryan County and lead the Bryan County News team.
“Jason is a seasoned editor with great news judgment and experience, and we are very fortunate to have him join our staff,” Griffin said. “We look forward to working with him as we continue to expand our news delivery online and in print.”
As editor of the Herald, Wermers assigned and edited articles, wrote stories, shot video for online programs and wrote scripts. Prior to that, Wermers spent much of his career as a reporter. Beginning in 2000, he focused on covering education after he was hired as an education reporter for the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch.
In 2009, while at The Sumter Item in South Carolina, Wermers was promoted to city editor. He moved on to The Augusta Chronicle in 2010, where he worked as an assistant metro editor. He also wrote and assigned education stories and made sure late breaking news was posted online and was in the next day’s paper.
Wermers, a native of southern New Jersey, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He has spent more than half of his life south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but remains a faithful fan of Philadelphia professional sports teams and Northwestern athletics.
“The Bryan County News remains committed to bringing Bryan County readers news and information they need to remain informed about their local government, schools and other important information necessary for an engaged citizenry. Jason is an excellent choice to lead our print and digital news teams. We look forward to working with him in the years ahead,” Griffin said.
The Bryan County News is owned by Savannah-based Morris Newspaper Corporation, a privately owned media company with properties in nine states in the U.S., and in the Caribbean.