Pilot Names Greensboro Journalist New Editor
By Tom Embrey
John A. Nagy, of Greensboro, a veteran journalist with extensive experience in print and digital media and ties to the Sandhills, will become editor of The Pilot March 12.
He replaces Steve Bouser, who has served in that position since August 1997. Bouser, who earlier announced his plans to semi-retire, will transition into a part-time role and become the paper’s opinion editor.
Publisher David Woronoff praised Nagy’s mix of experience, personality and passion for his work and the Sandhills.
“He embodies all the qualities I was looking for in our next editor,” Woronoff said. “We were very deliberate in trying to find a successor to Steve, and I think our patience has paid off.”
Nagy, 46, comes to The Pilot after nearly 18 years with The News & Record in Greensboro, where he served in a variety of roles ranging from staff writer to bureau chief to assistant city editor. Last year he became the paper’s director of digital news operations.
Nagy has a long familiarity with the Sandhills. His parents bought land in Whispering Pines in the early 1970s before retiring here in 1990. They now live in Pinehurst. Nagy’s wife, Leslie, is from Sanford. They have two children: a daughter, Loreleigh, 10, and a son, Ayden, 5.
Nagy said he and his family are thrilled with their impending move.
“The Pilot represents an opportunity to build on the finest traditions of community journalism,” he said. “The Pilot possesses a record of solid reporting and writing that is truly reflective of the Sandhills.”
Bouser said Nagy seems like the ideal person for the job and that he looks forward to working with him.
“John brings a youthful energy to the job — and a lot of strengths that we need as we confront the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in this business,” Bouser said. “I stand ready to do all I can to make the transition as smooth and successful as possible.”
For more details, see Sunday’s print edition of The Pilot.
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