COVINGTON, Ga. — Gabriel Stovall has been appointed publisher and editor-in-chief of The Covington Newsowner Patrick Graham announced today.
“We are fortunate to be able to bring someone of Gabriel’s caliber back to The Covington News“, said Graham. “He is an exceptional journalist and an even better person, and I know that he will do his best for our readers, advertisers and community as he builds on the established base of excellence. by his predecessor, Taylor Beck.”
Beck, who had served as publisher and editor since July 2020, returned to his native Alabama to seek other pursuits.
Stovall previously served as associate sports editor at the Louisville (Kentucky) Courier-Journal and most recently senior sports editor and social media strategist at the Augusta Chronicle — both USA Today/Gannett papers.
Previously, he helped build an award-winning sports section during his three-year tenure as sports editor at The Covington News. He also spent five years covering sports for the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald newspapers in metro Atlanta South and has a distinct passion for tutoring young aspiring journalists.
Stovall has received numerous awards from the Georgia Press Association and the Georgia Sports Writers Association.
“Since I first arrived here in 2016, I’ve called Covington my second home.” Stovall said. “I’ve always said I’d love to buy a house here one day because the people are so amazing, so I guess now I have a good reason to.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have the chance to return to Covington in what is truly a dream job for me. I love the sport and always will, but I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead all of this staff in continuing to be Newton County’s go-to source of information.
A 2011 graduate of Luther Rice Theological Seminary in Lithonia, Stovall, 42, is originally from Omaha, Nebraska, and has resided in Georgia for 16 years.
Before dating Luther Rice, he studied journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He graduated from Creighton Preparatory High School in Omaha in 1998.
Stovall is married to Shawnda Kettles Stovall of Augusta. The couple have four children: Micah, Tamia, Courtney and Samira.