Ledger Names New Editor: Bob Heist

Bob Heist, 58, moves from executive editor of the Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach to editor of The Ledger. Both newspapers are part of the GateHouse chain. A journalist who has spent most of his career in sports departments (LinkedIn profile), Heist stood out among candidates because of his digital talents and “proven ability to build ‘newsrooms of the future’ ” Publisher Brian Burns said. He succeeds Lenore Devore, who resigned in January after nearly seven years  as editor. The last time The Ledger hired a chief news executive from outside the newsroom was 1977, when Tim McGuire was hired away from the No. 2 spot at the Corpus Christi Caller Times. Subsequent chief editors (Will Corbin, Skip Perez and Devore) were promoted from within. Heist social media profiles: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram