Loftis assumes GM role

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Scott Loftis, managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers, has been promoted to general manager.

Loftis, who will continue as editor, joined the company in June 2014. He began his career as a journalist in 1989.

“I’m excited about the new responsibilities, but I also recognize that there’s a lot for me to learn,” Loftis said. “We have an outstanding staff and that should make the transition easier.”

Scott Loftis

Bob Moore, who had served as publisher for Carroll County Newspapers since 2001, retired at the close of business on Friday, Oct. 1.

“I’m going to miss Bob tremendously,” Loftis said. “If it were up to me, he’d be here another 10 years. But I’m thrilled for him, too. Bob and I share the same opinion of what a community newspaper should be, and my goal is to continue carrying out that vision.”

“After seven years of working with Scott Loftis as the editor here at Carroll County News, it is exciting to see him advance into the role of general manager,” Moore said. “After leading the news department to multiple statewide awards and accomplishments, it is a natural progression for him to now assume new responsibilities in the overall business management of the newspaper.

“He is very capable and a quick study. Scott has been around the newspaper business working in Little Rock and Pine Bluff before coming to Carroll County,” Moore said. “So I have no worries about his ability to acclimate to the new responsibilities in the business and circulation operations of the newspaper.”

Loftis, 52, graduated from White Hall High School and attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He worked for approximately 10 years in the sports department of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and also spent approximately 10 years over three separate stints with the Pine Bluff Commercial, a daily newspaper where at various times he worked as sports editor, city hall reporter, news editor and finally managing editor from 2010 to 2014.

He has also worked at newspapers in Mountain Home and Benton and for three years was managing editor of a nationwide newspaper covering the trucking industry.

“I’ve been around a while and I’ve worn a lot of hats,” Loftis said. “But Carroll County is my home now and I’ve never been as happy in my career as I am here. I don’t intend to ever work anywhere else.”

During Loftis’ tenure as managing editor, the Carroll County News has won first place for general excellence among medium-circulation weekly newspapers in the Arkansas Press Association’s annual editorial contest four times in the past five years. Loftis has won or shared a total of 33 individual APA awards during his time in Carroll County, including 15 first-place awards. In 2020, Loftis was awarded first place for investigative reporting in the Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Diamond Journalism Awards, which was open to journalists in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

“It’s been a good run on the editorial side,” Loftis said. “But there’s a lot more that goes into our operation, and that’s my challenge moving forward. As I said, there’s a lot to learn but I’m excited about that. We have an obligation to this community, to our readers and to our advertisers, and that will always be our first priority.”

Loftis is engaged to Lisa Rogers. He lives in Berryville with his two adopted shelter dogs, Ivy and Rizzo. He has two adult sons, Ronnie Loftis and wife Christi of North Little Rock and Ryan Loftis and wife Harlie of Berryville, and grandsons Hayden and Liam.

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