Caudell Named Editor-in-Chief of Western Carolinian

Justin Caudell has been appointed as the Western Carolinian’s Editor-in-Chief for the Spring Semester. He replaces Michael O’Shea, who will assume the position of Features Editor.

A junior majoring in Journalism and Political Science, Caudell was Editor-in-Chief of his high school’s newspaper and has worked as a weather reporter for the Crossroads Chronicle newspaper in Cashiers, North Carolina since 2003 and sports reporter since 2005. He has received two North Carolina Press Association awards while at the weekly print publication, both in the General News Reporting category; gaining praise in 2004 and 2007.

A member of Western’s Honors College, Caudell was the Western Carolinian’s Sports Editor during the Fall Semester and will continue the role until a replacement is found.

“I am very pleased about the Student Media Board’s selection of Justin Caudell as Editor-in-Chief,” said Katherine Duff Smith, Assistant Director for Student Media and Marketing at Western Carolina University and Advisor to the Western Carolinian. “I look forward to his leadership during this exciting time of growth for the Western Carolinian.”

As Editor-in-Chief of the Western Carolinian, Caudell will oversee a present staff of thirty writers and editors.