The Waxahachie Media Group is pleased to announce its regional executive editor, Jill Nevels-Haun, has added another position to her role, allowing her to be more hands-on with our publications.

Nevels-Haun was recently named the managing editor of the Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror. She also manages two more Gannett-owned publications - the Amarillo Globe-News and the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

"I am passionate about local journalism,” Nevels-Haun said. “Local newspapers capture community spirit, and it’s that spirit that connects us on multiple levels. Local journalism simply touches our lives. If you want to know what’s happening in your community, whether it’s information about an upcoming election or breaking news, there’s no better source for storytelling than the local newspaper.”

The editor plans to meet with local government officials and community leaders in the coming weeks. She also plans to create a reader advisory board, which will allow readers to share ideas and offer feedback.

“We want to serve the informational needs of our community by delivering comprehensive and relevant information,” Nevels-Haun added. “We will combine that with a solid digital strategy."

Waxahachie Media Group Advertising and Operations Director Colten Crist has been working with Nevels-Haun over the past several months.

“It’s a great feeling to finally introduce Jill to our Ellis County community,” Crist said. “Her tenacious love for journalism and vast experience will be a welcomed asset to our organization and readers.”

Nevels-Haun has also worked as an editor at The News-Messenger in Fremont, Ohio; the News Herald in Port Clinton, Ohio; the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky.; and The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, W.Va., in her 20-plus-year career.

She and her husband, Dwayne Haun, have two children — Uriah, 22, and Akira, 12.