The Richmond Times-Dispatch said former reporter Pamela Stallsmith will be its as its next opinions editor.
Stallsmith, who currently serves as director of communications for the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, starts at the newspaper February 18.
Stallsmith replaces editor of the editorial pages Bob Rayner, who will extend his retirement date to March 1. She will be the Times-Dispatch’s first female opinions editor.
“We are fortunate to have Pam rejoin us at a time when informed, knowledge-based opinion has never been more in demand,” said Times-Dispatch President and Publisher Tom Silvestri. “She understands the history, the current issues and the potential for solution-based opinion pages that are must-reads every day. We also appreciate Bob staying on for a smooth transition.”
Stallsmith, 55, was part of The Times-Dispatch’s news team from 1988 until 2007, covering state news, the governor, the General Assembly and politics across Virginia. Her first assignment at the Times-Dispatch was covering Southside Virginia out of the Clarksville bureau before moving to the Petersburg bureau. She then worked in Richmond as a general assignment reporter and part-time editor on the state desk before becoming part of the newspaper’s politics and government team in 1996.
“I’m looking forward to returning to The Times-Dispatch and being part of an issues-focused opinions page that looks for solutions to the challenges facing our region and state,” Stallsmith said. “This is an exciting opportunity to strengthen the newspaper’s impact and help shape the discussion about those concerns.”