The Hill City Prevailer News has hired Gray Hughes to be the paper’s next editor.
Hughes comes to the Prevailer News after spending time at the Hot Springs Star. Before that, he was a reporter for DelmarvaNow, a news company serving Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
“We are fortunate to have an award-winning journalist like Gray Hughes join our Southern Hills Publishing team in Hill City. As editor at the Prevailer News, he will be responsible for covering all community events in Hill City and Keystone,” said publisher Charley Najacht.
Hughes will be assisted part-time by Leslie Silverman of Keystone in both communities.
Long-time Prevailer News part-time reporter Carol Walker will be available “in a pinch,” Najacht said.
“Carol has been an invaluable contributor to the newspaper for the past 20 years and certainly is entitled to spend more time with her grandchildren,” he said.
Hughes has tackled many stories in his career, including issues pertaining to mental health, the environment, business and weather.
While at DelmarvaNow, Hughes was lauded for his work, winning multiple awards from the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association for his reporting on environmental topics, including Best in Show for environmental reporting for 2016.
“I am excited to be working for the Hill City Prevailer,” Hughes said. “Hill City, Keystone and the surrounding areas are beautiful, and I am looking forward to getting to know the people who call this area home.”
Hughes studied English and political science at Washington College, a small liberal arts school in Maryland.
There, he was also involved in Greek life, community service organizations and the school’s website, creating press releases and managing pages.
“My experience in liberal arts education exposed me to many different topics,” he said. “I feel comfortable tackling any story that comes my way.”
Hughes was born in Philadelphia where he lived until he was 4 years old when he moved to Berlin, Md., on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
He attended The Salisbury School, an independent day school in Salisbury, Md., where he played varsity lacrosse for three years, participated in the Student Government Association for all four years, was head delegate for Model UN for two years, was on the school’s Honor Board for two years and participated in mock trial for all four years.
He lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland until August of this year when he moved to Rapid City with his girlfriend.
Hughes is a lover of the outdoors. When he lived in Maryland, he could often be found at the beach reading. He also enjoys skiing, having participated in the sport since he was 4, and hiking.
“I’m really enjoying the Black Hills so far,” he said. “I love the hiking here, and my girlfriend and I just got our season passes for Terry Peak.”
Among Hughes’ other loves are Philadelphia sports, especially the Flyers and the Phillies, friends and family.
Above all, though, Hughes is looking forward to bringing the news to those who live in the area.
“I had an editor who once told me that, for journalists, being a journalist isn’t something we want to do,” he said. “It is something we need to do. I am looking forward to bringing everyone here exciting stories.”
Hughes can be followed on both Twitter and Instagram at @bygraylinhughes.