published Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Austin to retire as Times editorial page editor

Harry Austin
Harry Austin

Harry Austin, editorial page editor for The Chattanooga Times opinion page, will retire next month after 37 years with the newspaper.

The 67-year-old journalist, who has been the Times editorial page editor for the past 14 years, said he will leave the newspaper May 3 to spend more time traveling, riding his horse and enjoying retirement.

“I’ve had a great opportunity in this job to talk and write about events around the world, but the time has come for me to move on to the next chapter of my life,” Austin told staffers today.

Austin worked as a copy editor, reporter and opinion writer at The Chattanooga Times and has been the editorial page editor for the Times since the Chattanooga Times Free Press was created in 1999 with the merger of the morning Times and the afternoon Free Press.

Alison Gerber, managing editor for the Times Free Press, said the newspaper will retain both the Times and the Free Press editorial pages.

The Times Free Press is unique among American daily newspapers in preserving both a more liberal or progressive editorial page, the Chattanooga Times -- appropriately on the left -- and the Free Press editorial page, whose editor is Drew Johnson.

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