This month’s Fort Valley State University alumni spotlight is one of America’s top media executives.
FVSU alum Hollis Towns is the executive editor and vice president for news at Asbury Park Press. Towns also is the former president for the Associated Press Managing Editors group.
Towns began his career in journalism by writing editorials for the local newspaper about the segregation policies at his high school. As a student at FVSU, he played linebacker for the football team and he joined the school’s journalism program. After graduating, he was hired by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he worked, first as a reporter, then as an editor and bureau chief. He also was managing editor of the Kalamazoo Gazette in Michigan.
He would go on to become executive editor at the Cincinnati Ohio Enquirer before being named editor at the Asbury newspaper, which his owned by the Gannett Company. In 2010, Towns was named president of the Associated Press Managing Editors during their conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. Towns also has served on juries to award Pulitzer Prizes to journalists for exceptional work.
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