Heather Goodwin Henline was introduced as the incoming general manager and publisher of The Inter-Mountain on Friday.
Current publisher Don Smith made the announcement. Smith, who has served as publisher since 2002 after joining the newspaper as editor in 1996, is leaving The Inter-Mountain for the editor's position at The Journal in Martinsburg, in the state's Eastern Panhandle.
Goodwin Henline has worked for Ogden Newspapers for more than 13 years. Most recently, she has been editor of The Journal, a position she has held since November 2008. During her tenure at The Journal, the newspaper won 53 West Virginia Press Association awards, including the overall general excellence distinction for 2009 and 2010. This year's wins also included two individual first-place honors for Goodwin Henline, for best single editorial and best editorial pages.
She came to The Journal after having served as the managing editor in Lewistown, Pa., for more than four years. Prior to that, she had worked at The Parkersburg News & Sentinel as its city editor and in a variety of other roles. Goodwin Henline has also worked in delivery, sales and marketing and customer service at the newspapers.
"The Inter-Mountain tells the story of Randolph and these surrounding counties," Goodwin Henline said. "It has a longstanding tradition of service to the community and award-winning excellence in both its editorial and advertising departments."
"I look forward to becoming involved in the community and to working with all the paper's departments to continue the standard of excellence Don set during his time here."
During Smith's tenure in Elkins, The Inter-Mountain repeatedly earned general excellence recognition in both editorial and advertising from the West Virginia Press Association. He has won numerous individual awards for editorials, columns, cartoons, photography and design.
Among his honors, Smith was recognized by the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce as Outstanding Citizen of the Year and by Davis & Elkins College's National Business Fraternity Beta Alpha Beta as Businessman of the Year. He has served on the boards of the United Way and Chamber of Commerce, and is very active with Davis & Elkins College and the Downtown Merchants Association.
"Elkins and The Inter-Mountain have been a wonderful experience for me," Smith said. "This is an exciting and interesting community. I'm very proud of what The Inter-Mountain has achieved during my time in Elkins. We have an outstanding group of people at this newspaper.
"It's a great benefit to this community and the newspaper to have someone of Heather's abilities and background coming to The Inter-Mountain," he said. "She will take The Inter-Mountain into the future with her interesting ideas and energy."
Goodwin Henline attended the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications on a dean's scholarship for an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree. She majored in print media with an emphasis in newsroom management. She and her husband, Lance Henline, have two sons, Johnny, 11, and Bobby, 8, and will reside in Elkins.
"The approaching start of the fall season and the upcoming Mountain State Forest Festival make this an ideal time for our family to move to the area," Goodwin Henline said. "I look forward to becoming involved with this premier statewide event and to meeting many members of the community who attend each year."
Smith will be introduced in Martinsburg on Monday in a similar news conference. He and his wife, Samantha, have three children, Kit, Abigail and Kate, and will be relocating to that community.
The transition in leadership will occur in the next few weeks.