Sterling, 56, replaces Doug Bunnell, who recently left the Independent Journal to pursue a business opportunity. Bunnell worked at the Independent Journal for 24 years, including the past four years as executive editor.
Sterling was named editor of social media and community engagement in November, part of a move to increase emphasis on delivery of local news in a variety of electronic forms. Brad Breithaupt, a longtime IJ opinion page editor and reporter, replaced Sterling as city editor, but will now return to his previous role as opinion page editor, Rounds said. Rounds said Sterling will direct local news coverage pending the hiring of a new city editor.
Sterling has worked as an assignment editor for the European Stars and Stripes, a city editor and reporter for the Mail Tribune in Medford, Ore., and a reporter for the Davis Enterprise in Davis. He holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.