Like publisher Terry Jamerson, who made the transition with her team a year ago, McConnell is already in the Berkshire Hathaway Media Group system, publishing the Charlottesville Daily Progress, where he has been since 1995. This is not considered a step down, I'm told, even though he goes from publisher of a smallish paper to editor of one a bit bigger.
McConnell was managing editor of the Tampa Tribune before the C'ville gig. He had a couple of other stops between Roanoke and Tampa. He was recently named to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame (I was inducted in 2010).
I must have worked with McConnell, but the truth is I don't recall him. I would not necessarily have known all the people on the copy desk when I was with the paper all those years ago--and there were a lot more of them then than there are now. I understand that in today's announcement meeting with employees, he mentioned people I did know like George Kegley, Frosty Landon, Woody Middleton and Fred Loeffler--among others.
Stinnett, who was preparing to retire in Lynchburg when he was called to Roanoke (signing a one-year lease that is up July 31 at the Patrick Henry Hotel), simply delayed his retirement in order to help with the transition to the new publisher.