The Jacksonville Daily Record begins the new year with a new editor, former business executive Angie Campbell.
The fifth publisher in the paper’s 110-year history, Campbell, 45, succeeds founder John McManus, James F. Bailey Sr., James F. Bailey Jr. and Observer Media Group CEO Matt Walsh.
“When we acquired the Daily Record in 2017 from the founding Bailey family, I had several goals and intentions – to keep this historic institution running and growing and to become personally involved in the business and civic life of Jacksonville,” Walsh said.
“I think we are still on track with the first two, but due to family health reasons and the pandemic of the past two years, I was unable to complete the latter. We have now resolved this issue with the promotion from our long-time sales manager.
He said Campbell’s roots in Jacksonville run deep. “Having been at the Daily Record for 25 years, Angie is the best and right person to fill the position of editor.”
Managing Editor Karen Mathis will continue to guide the journal’s editorial content, both in print and on jaxdailyrecord.com.
Jacksonville is Campbell’s adopted home twice, the last time by her own choice.
Her family moved to the town from Illinois when she was 4 years old. They lived in Arlington, where Campbell attended Terry Parker High School.
“When I graduated, I thought I knew everything, so I moved with friends to the Midwest,” Campbell said.
After a few years, she returned to Jacksonville in 1997.
“You don’t realize how much you love Jacksonville until you’re somewhere else,” Campbell said.
At 20 and in need of a job, Campbell learned that Bailey Publishing & Communications was looking for a receptionist and she applied. She interviewed Jim Bailey Jr., who took issue with her limited work experience.
“He said he had other candidates who were much more qualified. He wanted to know why he should take a chance on me,” she said.
“All I had at that point was my commitment to work as hard as I could and learn as much as I could about his business and never give him a reason to regret that decision.”
She got the job.
The first year was tough, Campbell said, as she learned by making mistakes while gaining on-the-job office experience.
“I had never used a fax machine.”
After about two years as the company’s receptionist, Campbell moved into legal advertising. The office of the director of the legal department was next door to Campbell’s, so she familiarized herself with how that aspect of the business worked.
“It was like the next step in my learning. I kept my ears open and when I had nothing to do I wanted to know what they were doing and help out,” Campbell said.
She also worked in broadcast and classifieds, then became Bailey’s executive assistant. Campbell quickly told her that she wanted to know how the whole business worked.
About two weeks after this discussion, the business manager position became available and Campbell was ready to be promoted.
At the end of 2004, in her new role, she began to learn how each department affects the others, human resources, financial management, planning and acquisitions.
“In 25 years, I haven’t been bored. All of my knowledge and experience is invested in us and what we do,” Campbell said.
When Walsh bought the Daily Record in 2017, the uncertainty associated with suddenly having a new owner quickly turned into an appreciation of how to be part of a family-owned network of award-winning, world-wide newspapers. “State brings more depth and strength to the paper,” Campbell said.
“Jim couldn’t have found a better fit than Observer Media Group because of Matt and how his values and beliefs align. Matt clarifies our goals and responsibilities and it’s up to us to achieve them .
Campbell and her husband, Christopher, a corrections officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, have been married for 20 years and live downtown in the Cathedral District. They have an adult son, a 19-year-old daughter and a grandchild.
When Campbell’s nephew, Mark Degner, disappeared one day in 2005 one day after leaving college in West Jacksonville, she became a vocal local advocate for missing children. Campbell is a member of the board of directors of the National BairFind Foundation, as well as a director of the JAX Chamber.
She said she was ready to continue this work and learn more about the Northeast Florida business community and its leaders.
Campbell said the Daily Record will maintain its 110-year-old traditions while creating new ways to benefit its customers by sharing information readers need to know.
“As I began my career with the Daily Record, I offer my commitment to the Northeast Florida business community. We will continue to provide the most accurate and timely news and information. reliable and to help our advertising partners grow their businesses,” said Campbell.
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