Howard Owen, the business editor of the Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance Star, has been named the paper’s editorial page editor.
A story on its website states, “Owen succeeds Paul Akers, who died Sept. 20 after developing complications from heart surgery.
“Owen is an experienced journalist who has been an editor at several daily newspapers, including the Richmond Times–Dispatch and the Tallahassee Democrat, over the past 40 years.
“For the past six years, he has been business editor of The Free Lance–Star and has been a regular contributor of editorials.
“A native of North Carolina, he has been a Virginian since 1978.
“He also is the author of 11 published novels. His 10th novel, ‘Oregon Hill,’ recently won the 2012 Hammett Prize for best crime literature in the United States and Canada.”
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