Steve Walburn Named General Manager of Morris Sporting Magazines

Morris Magazines announced yesterday that Steve Walburn, editor of Saltwater Fly Fishing magazine, has been named general manager of its Sporting Group, which also includes Gray’s Sporting Journal, American Angler, and Fly Tyer. “In the 1990s Walburn worked as a contributing editor at Atlanta Magazine and later at Game & Fish Publications, where he edited four southeastern-states sporting titles. In 1998 he served as the founding editor of Emmis Communications’ Wildlife Journal, a nationally distributed quarterly magazine of wildlife management and conservation. Since 2003, he has been the editor of Saltwater Fly Fishing, a role he will continue to fill while managing the four titles in the Sporting Group. ” Read the full press release in the extended entry.


STEVE WALBURN NAMED GENERAL MANAGER OF MORRIS SPORTING TITLES
Augusta, Ga. (January 9, 2007)—MCC Magazines, LLC today announced the promotion of Steve Walburn to General Manager of its Sporting Group, which includes Gray’s Sporting Journal, American Angler, Fly Tyer, and Saltwater Fly Fishing magazines. Walburn will assume his new role immediately and will be based in Augusta, Ga.
An award-winning journalist and editor, Walburn brings to the position more than 20 years’ experience in publishing, with 10 years working in the sporting media. His feature writing has earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the City and Regional Magazine Association, and the Magazine Association of the Southeast, as well as a citation in the Houghton Mifflin series Best American Sports Writing 1998. His work has appeared in Men’s Journal, Travel and Leisure, Town and Country, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Indianapolis Monthly, Montana Magazine, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and many other publications
In the 1990s Walburn worked as a contributing editor at Atlanta Magazine and later at Game & Fish Publications, where he edited four southeastern-states sporting titles. In 1998 he served as the founding editor of Emmis Communications’ Wildlife Journal, a nationally distributed quarterly magazine of wildlife management and conservation. Since 2003, he has been the editor of Saltwater Fly Fishing, a role he will continue to fill while managing the four titles in the Sporting Group.
“Steve has an exceptional background that makes him an ideal candidate for this position,” said Carl W. Mullins, director of MCC Magazines, LLC. “He has fly fished far and wide, is an avid hunter, and he has the commitment to quality journalism that is required to help us set these titles apart from those of our competitors.”
The Morris Sporting Group publishes four of the finest magazines covering hunting, fly fishing, and sporting travel, including Gray’s Sporting Journal, American Angler, Fly Tyer, and Saltwater Fly Fishing.
“I’m honored to have an expanded role with such well-respected titles,” said Walburn. ”We have some of the best editors in the outdoor media on our team, and I look forward to building upon our print efforts, particularly in the areas of Web site development and co-branded books.”
American Angler editor Phil Monahan will continue to serve as editorial director for the three fly-fishing magazines and will be based in Bennington, Vt., while Gray’s Sporting Journal editor Jim Babb takes the editorial lead at Gray’s. Babb succeeds David Foster, who recently retired as Gray’s editor-in-chief to serve as Strategic Advisor to the Morris National Magazine Group.
MCC Magazines, LLC is a division of Morris Communications Co., LLC. Morris Communications Company, LLC is a privately held media company with diversified holdings that include newspaper publishing, visitor guide publishing, outdoor advertising, magazine publishing, radio broadcasting, book publishing and distribution and online services. For more information, visit morris.com.

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