Metro Editor Cheryl Powell has been named managing editor/news at the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com as part of recent leadership changes.

New Editor Michael Shearer announced Powell will continue to oversee Akron-based news reporters while assuming additional duties coordinating coverage with journalists in GateHouse Ohio’s Kent newsroom.

“Cheryl knows our communities as well as anyone and has consistently delivered outstanding journalism to Beacon readers,” Shearer said. “She’s earned this opportunity to grow our collaboration across our newsrooms.”

As metro editor the past 3½ years, Powell — along with deputy metro editors Joe Thomas and Yuvonne Webb — led numerous award-winning newsroom projects, including a series examining the impact of the opioid crisis, extensive coverage of a local plane crash and a yearlong look at race relations. The Beacon Journal was named the state's best daily newspaper in 2017 by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.

The Kent newsroom publishes the daily Record-Courier in Portage County, six weekly newspapers in Cuyahoga Falls, Tallmadge, Stow, Twinsburg, Macedonia and Aurora, and a twice-weekly newspaper in Hudson.

Powell began her career working as a correspondent for her hometown paper, the Twinsburg Bulletin, while in high school. She earned a journalism degree from Kent State University and spent two years as a reporter for the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader. She returned home to the Akron area in 1997 to work as community reporter for the Beacon Journal before serving as the paper's medical writer for 15 years.

Powell can be reached at 330-996-3902 or cpowell@thebeaconjournal.com .