Paul Osmundson, editor of The Herald, is resigning to return to The State newspaper in Columbia, where he will be responsible for special projects, the editorial page and business coverage.
Osmundson, 58, came to The Herald from The State in February 2004 as managing editor. He was promoted to editor in 2007.
Osmundson’s newspaper career started in middle school in Columbia when he delivered the afternoon newspaper. He worked part-time in The State newspaper’s circulation department during high school and while he attended the University of South Carolina.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1979.
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He began working in journalism at the Easley Progress, a weekly newspaper in Pickens County.
He later worked for more than 21 years as a reporter and editor at the State Record Co., first at The Columbia Record, an afternoon newspaper, and later The State. Before coming to Rock Hill, he was an assistant managing editor at The State, responsible for government and election coverage.
As editor of The Herald, Osmundson helped lead the paper’s transition to a digital-first newsroom. The newspaper’s website, heraldonline.com, has consistently been named the best website among South Carolina’s medium-sized newspapers by the S.C. Press Association.
Osmundson also oversaw several award-winning projects including coverage of former Winthrop University president Jamie Williamson and her firing by the university’s trustees.
Herald publisher Debbie Abels said Osmundson’s strengths are his “deep journalism knowledge and integrity, his excellence as a coach, and his outstanding leadership, particularly in times of change.
“He has a passion for what he does, and it shows in his work everyday.”
Osmundson said, “It’s going to be difficult leaving The Herald and Rock Hill. We have a special team of journalists here. Everyone comes to work each day dedicated to providing the best news coverage possible in York, Chester and Lancaster counties. It’s a wonderful group.
“My colleagues on the company’s management team are special too. They’re dedicated to our advertisers, and they ensure our news and advertising are delivered to readers through a variety of products.
“So I’m sad to be leaving. At the same time, though, I’m excited about the opportunity to rejoin The State. The team there is incredible too, and I know firsthand how powerful The State’s influence is in South Carolina.”
Osmundson will leave The Herald Aug. 2. Abels said a search will begin immediately for Osmundson’s replacement.
The Herald, The State, and The Charlotte Observer are all owned by the McClatchy Co., which is based in Sacramento, Calif.