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AJC names Sharif Durhams Managing Editor of News


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has named veteran journalist Sharif Durhams as managing editor for news. 

Durhams, 46, whose career includes leadership positions at the Washington Post and CNN, is a deputy managing editor at the Post. 

His responsibilities include multiple breaking news desks, including the general assignment team, Morning Mix, and newsrooms in Seoul and London. 
Prior to his time at the Post, Durhams was a leader on the global digital programming team at CNN. He also has experience as a government and education reporter.

Durhams’ new role in Atlanta with the AJC will begin later this month. When he joins the AJC he will oversee the crime and public safety team, politics, education, local government, business, and climate and environment coverage.

In a memo to the newsroom, AJC Editor-in-Chief Leroy Chapman said, “Sharif’s background makes him an outstanding fit for our newsroom as we continue to build toward our digital future and deliver our journalism across multiple platforms. He is seasoned and proven. And there’s this bonus: He knows Atlanta, having lived and worked here during his time at CNN.”

Durhams succeeds Chapman, who was promoted to the role of the AJC’s top editor in March. Other changes at the AJC include naming former CNN and ABC News journalist and executive Andrew Morse as publisher and president.

On his new job, Durhams said, “I’m excited about the changes that are coming to media and the challenges that we have and finding new audiences. The AJC is poised to make great strides in that area.”

Durhams is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, and a graduate of the University of North Carolina. In the journalism industry, Durham has served in numerous leadership roles. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the NLGJA, and the Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists.  He also served as an instructor at the Poynter Institute.

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