McGary named Sun news editor
John McGary has been named news editor of the Woodford Sun by publisher Whitney Chandler.
McGary has been a staff writer and photographer for the Sun since April 2014. He began writing his weekly column, “Here’s Johnny,” in November 2014. He’ll continue to cover the Midway and Versailles city councils and Woodford Fiscal Court, along with the column, and write other stories.
“Four years ago, John brought his extensive background in journalism to the Woodford Sun, and joined Bob Vlach to become one-half of the finest reporting duo in the state,” Chandler said. “Since then, he’s become a vital member, not only of the Sun family, but also of the Woodford County community. I’m extremely pleased to have him here to continue the Sun’s 150-year tradition of excellence.” Chandler also praised longtime Sun employee Marla Carroll, who’s served as interim editor since last fall, and who will continue to lay out the paper, with McGary’s assistance, as design editor.
“When former editor Steve Peterson left last November, Marla stepped up to the plate and kept us in the game with her knowledge and work ethic,” Chandler said.
McGary is a Lexington native and U.S. Navy veteran. Before coming to the Sun, he was an anchor and reporter for Lexington and Louisville television stations, worked in radio and print journalism for The Owensboro-Messenger-Inquirer, and was a radio, television and print journalist in the Navy. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Kentucky, where he taught broadcast journalism and mass media courses.
Among his journalism awards are a Midwest Regional Emmy, “Best Television Reporter” by the Kentucky Associated Press, Navy Broadcaster of the Year and Print Journalist of the Year, and a 2nd-place finish in the Kentucky Press Association’s “Best Weekly Column” category for the Sun.