Haley Hughes, who has served the community as an Aiken Standard reporter for six years, has been promoted to news editor.

Hughes is now responsible for managing the day-to-day coverage in the Aiken Standard as well as The Star, a weekly newspaper in North Augusta.

“I am so pleased to have Haley fill this position,” said Melissa Hanna, executive editor. “Her organization skills, breadth of knowledge of Aiken and her dedication to making the Aiken Standard a better paper every day is commendable.”

Hughes is a native of Knoxville, Tenn., and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006.

She interned at The Gleaner in Henderson, Ky., then worked as a reporter, covering the education beat at the Times-Georgian in Carrollton, Ga., before moving to Aiken in 2007. She is the daughter of Butch and Cindy Hughes of Anderson.

“I am honored to serve as the news editor of the Aiken Standard, and I wish to thank everyone who encouraged me along the way,” Hughes said. This newspaper is a wonderful example of hyper-local journalism, and my goal is to keep the Aiken Standard as the public’s No. 1 source for news about their community.”

Hughes can be reached by email at hhughes@aikenstandard.com or by phone at 644-2382.

Hughes now Standard, Star news editor