Julie Hales, owner of Independence Day Publishing, is pleased to announce the addition of a new editor to their staff.
Jeff Whitten has joined the family of Independence Day Publishing, assuming the responsibility of Editor for all publications, Effingham Magazine, Pooler Magazine, Beaufort Lifestyle and Chatham Isles Living.
Julie stated, “We are very excited about the addition of Jeff to our IDP family. With the recent growth of our business, it makes perfect sense to have someone in this position. Jeff’s background and work expertise will bring many new ideas and a unique facet to the company. With our plans for additional expansion, the timing is perfect to bring Jeff on board. I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision.”
After working two decades in newspapers as a sportswriter, reporter and editor, Jeff is excited to be working with Publisher Julie Hales and the IDP team to continue to create the best community magazines in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.
“To say I’m enjoying myself would be an understatement,” Jeff said. “Julie has built quality brands that are committed to not only telling the stories of the people in our communities, but also to have a heart. She believes in giving back to the communities we serve, and that is important to me at this stage of my career.”
Jeff’s career actually began in Effingham County at the Effingham Herald after his graduation with a journalism degree from Georgia Southern in 1995. His career continued at newspapers in Moultrie, Hinesville and Richmond Hill. He has won nearly two dozen Georgia Press Association awards, along with other industry awards over that span.
Jeff is an Army veteran and a South Carolina native whose roots in the Upstate date back to the 1780s. Jeff and his wife Beverly, a Georgia native, are longtime residents of Effingham County. His hobbies include reading, working in his yard and running distance races.