Hollis Towns

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Hollis R. Towns (born October 23, 1963 in Fort Valley, Georgia) is president and editor-in-chief of the Alabama Media Group. He succeeded Kelly Ann Scott in March 2024.

Towns earned his bachelor of arts in journalism at Fort Valley State University in 1988.

He was a managing editor for Advance's Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2000. He joined Gannett in 2004 and served as managing and executive editor for the Cincinnati Enquirer until 2008, and then led the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey until 2019. He was promoted to Atlantic regional editor, then to vice president for local news initiatives, and in 2020 to vice president for local news and regional editor, overseeing more than 160 newspapers and websites from New York City. In 2023 he created Gannet's "Center for Community Journalism," to promote community coverage and leadership training. In 2023 he returned to his alma mater as a visiting professor of practice and media consultant.


  • Koplowitz, Howard (February 22, 2024) "Hollis R. Towns named vice president of content, editor in chief of Alabama Media Group." AL.com