Cox named associate editor

Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Robert Cox

Reporter, lead designer and online editor Robert Cox has been named associate editor for Carroll County Newspapers.

A native of Charleston, Mo., Cox, 50, joined the Carroll County Newspapers staff in 2020 after four years as managing editor of the Perry County Republic-Monitor, a weekly newspaper in Perryville, Mo.

“I look forward to expanding my role with Carroll County Newspapers and continuing to serve the community as a source of informed, factual news,” said Cox, who began his journalism career in 1988 as a sports writer for the Enterprise-Courier in Charleston before attending the University of Missouri at Columbia and Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau. “In the past year, I’ve been impressed with the strength and resiliency of the residents of Carroll County, and the welcome I’ve received as a new resident has been phenomenal.”

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 general manager and editor Scott Loftis.

“Rob has done a fantastic job here, as I knew he would,” Loftis said. “He is a very versatile journalist — he’s a great writer and reporter but he also can take photos and he’s done an outstanding job in making both our print newspapers and our websites more attractive and dynamic. I’m glad he’s a part of our team.”

As associate editor, Cox will continue as online editor and lead designer for publications including the Carroll County News and Lovely County Citizen. During the past year, Cox has spearheaded a redesign of the print edition of both newspapers and increased their online presences by a third.

During his time in Perryville, Cox, a veteran journalist with more than 30 years of experience, 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.”

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