Cox joins Carroll County Newspapers staff

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Robert Cox

Veteran journalist Robert Cox has joined the staff of Carroll County Newspapers.

Cox, who began work Monday in Berryville, will serve as a reporter and lead page designer for publications including the Carroll County News and Lovely County Citizen.

A native of Charleston, Mo., Cox has nearly 30 years’ experience as a professional journalist. Most recently he served for more than three years as managing editor for the Perry County Republic-Monitor, a weekly newspaper in Perryville, Mo. Cox also spent more than 16 years as a copy editor and page designer in the sports department of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, where he worked for several years with CCN managing editor Scott Loftis.

“I’ve known Rob for more than 20 years, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to have him join our staff,” Loftis said. “He has a diverse skill set and I think he will be a major asset as we work to continually improve our publications and serve our readers. I’ve kept up with Rob’s work over the past few years and I’ve been very impressed with what he has accomplished.”

During his time in Perryville, Cox earned recognition as an award-winning columnist and reporter, winning dozens of awards from the Missouri Press Association for both writing and design. He was also recognized by the National Newspaper Association, earning second place for Best Investigative or In-Depth Story or Series in the organization’s 2020 Editorial Contest for his two-part series, “Unintended consequences,” which explored the troubles caused by a new state childcare law intended to protect children. In 2019, he was presented a third-place award from the Inland Press Association for Explanatory Reporting for his article, “ ‘Not the end of the world’: Rash of suicide attempts, some staged, plagues jail.”

“I’m excited to be joining the staff at the Carroll County News,” Cox said. “It’s one of the best small newspapers in the state and I hope my skills will be able to help it shine even brighter.”

Cox, who’ll celebrate his 49th birthday this week, attended the University of Missouri in Columbia and Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.

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