BELFAST — Veteran journalist William Carroll has been named editor of The Republican Journal, succeeding Sarah E. Reynolds, who retired in April.

Carroll was previously the editor of The Berlin Sun in New Hampshire. Originally from Mississippi, he has worked in newspapers throughout the South and New England in a career that spans over a decade. Before his time as a journalist, Carroll was an attorney in Arizona for 10 years.

Carroll said he is very excited to be in Belfast and has wanted to move to coastal Maine for some time.

“I had some law school friends who introduced me to New England over 20 years ago and I fell in love with the coast, specifically the Maine coast,” he said. “I’ve been trying to get here for the last several years and finally found what I think is a perfect opportunity.”

Carroll said newspapers like The Republican Journal are hugely important to our country.

“Community newspapers are the glue that hold a lot of aspects of a community together, from political news to new businesses, culture, sports and generally what’s happening. Papers like The Republican Journal are so important to smaller communities.”

MaineStay Media Executive Editor Dan Dunkle said this about Carroll: “I am looking forward to working with Will. I think there is a benefit in bringing in a fresh set of eyes to the community. Will brings with him experience from covering events out-of-state that will give him an opportunity to innovate while continuing to deliver local news to people in this area.”

With Carroll coming onboard, residents will see a few changes in the Belfast office.

“This change in leadership in Belfast comes as we are looking at having more of a presence day-to-day in the office and opening it up to the public after the long pandemic period,” Dunkle said.

“We are working diligently to fully reopen the office downtown,” Carroll said. “I believe in having an open-door policy, especially since I am new to the area. Input from residents helps me to understand all the dynamics of our local communities.”

“I hope the residents and community leaders in Belfast and Waldo County will join me in welcoming Will to our community,” Dunkle said.