The Charlotte Observer Top Editor Retires, Paper Names Successor

Rick Thames, The Charlotte Observer‘s top editor and vice president, is set to retire from his post on March 31. He has been at the helm of the daily since 2004 and joined the staff in 1988 as city editor. Under his leadership the Observer had three of its projects recognized as Pulitzer Prize finalists, including a 2007 investigation into foreclosures and the subprime mortgage business. Thames will be succeed by current managing editor Sherry Chisenhall, who rejoined the staff as managing editor less than a year ago. Chisemhall first joined the Observer in 1986 and served in a variety of capacities, including copy editor, night city editor, assistant sports editor and education editor. Follow the Observer on Twitter.