CARBONDALE — Craig H. Rogers, publisher of The Southern Illinoisan, announced Friday that Tom English was named executive editor, effective immediately.

“After a national search, I’m thrilled to promote Tom English to executive editor,” Rogers said. "Tom is respected in our newsroom and knows our local communities well. His longtime dedication to The Southern Illinoisan and passion for local journalism uniquely qualify him to lead our newsroom."

English was named interim editor July 5 and has served in that position since. He began his career at The Southern as a telemarketer in 1999. He also has been a copy editor, sports copy editor, night editor and city editor.

Rogers said English is leading The Southern Illinoisan’s mission to be an advocate for positive change in the communities served by the newspaper.

“I want to continue strong reporting with the great staff we have and continue our mission to be an advocate of positive change in the communities we serve,” English said.

English is originally from Crystal Lake and finished college at Southern Illinois University.

“I came to Southern Illinois to go to school, and I fell in love with the region,” English said. “This is where I met my wife, Jessica. This is home now.”

English and his wife live south of Murphysboro with their two children, Madison, 11, and Jack, 9.

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