Sam Davis worked his way from a clerk to become the Baltimore Sun’s number 2 editor.
On Monday, the Sun officially named Davis as managing editor. He’s the first African American to hold that position in the paper’s 179-year history. For the non-inkstained, managing editors are in charge of the day-to-day operations of the paper. In the Sun’s case, Davis will also oversee the community papers owned by the Baltimore Sun Media Group.
Davis’ appointment follows a new leadership structure that was created by the newspaper’s parent company, Tribune Publishing. In that move, Trif Alatzas landed in the dual role of publisher and editor-in-chief. Davis was bumped up from his previous assistant managing editor role.
According to the Sun, Davis grew up in Baltimore and got his start in journalism with the Afro-American. He started as a sports clerk at the Sun in 1980 and worked his way through the ranks.
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