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Hemelt named Democrat editor

NATCHEZ Stephen Hemelt has been named editor of The Natchez Democrat, natchezdemocrat.com and affiliate publications.

Previously, Hemelt was managing editor of The Daily Herald in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

“My family and I are excited to live in this amazing community,” Hemelt said. “I can’t think of a better place to call home and see my children grow and learn.”

Kevin Cooper, publisher of The Democrat, said Hemelt’s broad experience in community newspapers gives him a deep understanding of the importance of producing a quality newspaper and website to inform and entertain local readers.

“Stephen will serve our community and the newspaper’s readers through his leadership of our newsroom team,” he said. “I look forward to working with him as we strengthen the newspaper and website that 8 out of 10 local consumers turn to for local news and information each week.”

A native of New Orleans, Hemelt is 32 years old, married to his wife, Candace, and has two children, 5-year-old Dominick and 3-year-old Mallory.

A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, Hemelt previously served as associate managing editor of The Daily Iberian in New Iberia, La., for three years prior to working three years in North Carolina.

Hemelt also served as managing editor of The Jackson Independent newspaper in Jonesboro, La., from 2004 to 2007.

“My door will always be open to residents and readers who have suggestions,” Hemelt said, “In the process of helping our team report this community’s many amazing stories, I plan to do a lot of listening.”

Hemelt succeeds Julie Cooper, who stepped down in February to be home with her infant daughter. She continues to work with The Democrat’s news staff in a supporting role and as editor of Natchez the Magazine.

Hemelt can be reached at 601-445-3551 or by e-mail at stephen.hemelt@natchezdemocrat.com.