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Tribune names new sports editor

Replaces retiring editor Doug Chapin

Greg Macafee has been named to lead the sports department of the Tribune Chronicle and The Vindicator effective last week, replacing outgoing Sports Editor Doug Chapin, who retired Friday after decades in the business.

Macafee joins the newspaper staff from the sports department at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Macafee earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Journalism in 2018 at the prestigious Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

“I’m excited to be afforded the opportunity to work in a supervisory role and to mold the sports staff we have in place here,” Macafee said. “We have a number of young reporters who I believe I can help with their craft as we look to the future and try to remain a strong and vibrant source within our local communities.”

Macafee earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Slippery Rock University in western Pennsylvania.

Before his stint at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Macafee was employed by the Verde Valley Newspapers in Cottonwood, Arizona, Trib Total Media group in Tempe, Arizona, and the Beaver County Times in Beaver, Pennsylvania.

He also grew up in Wellsville, New York, where he developed a love for sports while playing baseball, basketball and soccer.

Newspaper Editor Brenda Linert wishes Chapin well in his retirement, and said she is excited to have Macafee come on board.

“Doug has been a knowledgeable, hard-working member of our staff, who just quietly got things done. He will be missed,” Linert said.

“Now, though, we are thrilled to bring on Greg as part of our team. He was selected from more than a dozen other strong applicants because of his education and experience, but even more because of his eagerness and forward-thinking attitude.”

“We are confident our readers, along with local athletes and athletic directors, will welcome him warmly as they get to know him.”

Macafee said he enjoys covering high school athletics and that he looks forward to meeting with high school coaches, athletes and athletic directors.

“We will continue to strive to highlight the accomplishments of high school athletes,” he said. “More often than not, high school athletes are unable to go play at the next level. This is their one shot they have at getting recognized in the paper for their hard work and dedication.

“I loved working in Pittsburgh, but this is a new opportunity for me,” Macafee said. “My girlfriend lives (locally), so I’m somewhat familiar with the area, and I like it.”

Chapin ends a local journalism career that spanned decades and included several Mahoning Valley publications.

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