MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — David M. Emke has been named the new editor of The Journal.
Emke has been with The Journal since May 2012 as the newspaper’s regional editor.
“I am pleased to have Dave step up to our editor position,” said Craig Bartoldson, publisher. “The past few years, we have been making positive changes in our newsroom, and Dave will help us continue on that path. You can expect more local editorials as well as more enterprise reporting.”
Prior to coming to Martinsburg, Emke worked at The Post-Journal in Jamestown, New York, from 2008-2012. He worked in various positions during his time in Jamestown, including on the copy desk and in multiple reporting beats, last serving as the newspaper’s lifestyles editor.
The announcement was made to newsroom staff in Martinsburg late last week and Emke officially took over duties as editor Monday.
“The Journal has been a leading force in the Eastern Panhandle for more than 100 years and I am honored by the opportunity to head its newsroom,” Emke said. “I look forward to continuing the newspaper’s strong tradition of providing valuable community journalism as well as analysis of local, regional and national issues vital to our readers and their families.”
Emke, 34, is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Cortland with degrees in professional writing and English education. He lives in Ranson with his wife, Carrie.