Laura Kessel has been named managing editor of The Repository in Canton, Ohio, by executive editor Teri Hayt.
Kessel will begin her position Feb. 17. She joins The Repository after serving as managing editor of The News-Herald in Willoughby, Ohio, since 2005.
"After receiving a number of resumes and calls regarding this position, Laura proved to be the clear choice to lead The Repository newsroom as we continue to focus on breaking news, enterprise, investigative reporting and community engagement across all our platforms," Hayt said in an announcement.
Kessel will direct content gathering and other operations for The Repository and will oversee the universal design and copy desk that paginates The Rep and its two sister papers, The Times- Reporter in New Philadelphia and The Independent in Massillon.
Kessel is a graduate of Kent State University and a former member of The Associate Press Media Editors board.