The Sun’s New Managing Editor is the First African American to Hold the Job

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Sam Davis (via Twitter)
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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.


Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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  1. The Baltimore sun talks all this fairness and equality, and how they embrace the democratic party. And these two face racist bigots finally get around to hiring the first African American Managua editor. What a disgrace this news paper is.

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