VillageSoup has named Steven Fuller editor of The Republican Journal.

Fuller, who most recently had been associate editor of the Journal, succeeds Interim Editor Holly S. Anderson, who was recently named editor of The Bar Harbor Times.

Fuller joined the Journal staff in the fall of 2005 as a general assignment reporter, and in 2006 was promoted to assistant editor. He also became assistant editor of The Waldo Independent in the spring of 2007, and as part of that role he was in charge of the Independent’s editorial page.

He joined VillageSoup in July 2008 when Village NetMedia Inc. — affiliate of the groundbreaking VillageSoup Web site — purchased Courier Publications’ roster of six weekly newspapers, which included the Journal and the Independent. Fuller was named associate editor of the Journal in June 2009.

“I am extremely honored to be entrusted with this responsibility,” he said. “The Journal has been a part of my life in one way or another — first as a reader, and now as a writer — for many years, and I am excited to have this opportunity.”

As editor, Fuller will work toward continuing to empower the Journal’s online and print communities with VillageSoup’s vision for community news sustainability. VillageSoup is frequently mentioned as a leader in the newspaper industry’s search for a business model to sustain high-quality journalism.

Through its Web sites, VillageSoup seeks to bring readers up-to-the-minute local news and be a community bulletin board where everyone can post information and share ideas. In a nutshell, VillageSoup strives to be the general store on Main Street where people gather, learn, share and shop.

In his time as a journalist covering the 26 communities that make up Waldo County, Fuller has reported on a variety of subjects — everything from select board meetings to a 21-year-old cow, from summertime parades to contentious school board meetings, and from profiles of new businesses to house fires and car accidents.

“Having grown up in Waldo County, working here seems like a natural fit,” said Fuller, who was raised in Stockton Springs. “I have enjoyed getting to know people around Waldo County in recent years as I go about my daily work, and I look forward to meeting more people in my new role here at the Journal.”

Fuller is a 2000 graduate of Searsport District High School and a 2004 graduate of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa., where he majored in history and minored in writing.