Reporter Crabbe named Sun's new editorial page editor


Gainesville Sun reporter Nathan Crabbe Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

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Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 6:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 6:04 p.m.

The Gainesville Sun has promoted from within to fill the job of editorial page editor by tapping reporter Nathan Crabbe to replace Ron Cunningham, who is retiring at the end of the year after 36 years at The Sun.

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Gainesville Sun reporter Nathan Crabbe Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

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Executive Editor Doug Ray announced the decision in the newsroom Wednesday afternoon.

Crabbe, 36, has been a staff reporter at The Sun for seven years, covering the University of Florida since 2008 after starting as an environmental reporter.

He will be responsible for the opinions published in The Sun's print and digital editions.

"This includes writing editorials that reflect The Sun's institutional voice, reaching out to people in our community to gather a broad, diverse range of voices through columns and letters, and enhancing our role as a forum for thoughtful, civil and engaging discussion," Ray said. "He distinguished himself among a strong pool of candidates and will be carrying on a strong tradition."

"We are pleased that we have someone from within our company to replace Ron Cunningham," Publisher James Doughton said. "Nathan has a wealth of knowledge about this community, and we look forward to his contribution to the editorial pages. Ron Cunningham leaves a great legacy and will continue to contribute to our pages in his retirement. Ron's work over 30 years has made this community and Florida a better place to live."

Crabbe earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a master's degree in journalism and mass communications from Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

He was an environmental and county reporter for the Napa Valley Register and investigated wrongful convictions as a graduate assistant with the Innocence Institute of Point Park University.

Crabbe was born in Akron, Ohio. His wife, Colleen, is a nurse practitioner in Gainesville, and they have a 1-year-old daughter named Kate.

"I'm honored to succeed Ron Cunningham and excited for the opportunity," he said. "Some of my goals are increasing local contributions to the editorial page and using social media and other technology to engage the community. I want The Sun's editorial page to continue to be a place for civil and thoughtful debate about the big issues facing Gainesville."

Cunningham, 64, started with The Sun as a higher education reporter in 1976. He served as Tallahassee bureau chief for four years and was named editorial page editor in 1983.

"Nathan is a seasoned journalist who has done a superb job covering the University of Florida," Cunningham said. "He knows the community, and he understands the issues this community faces. I feel very good about his appointment, and I believe he will do a great job as editor of The Sun's opinion pages."

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