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Quad-City Times editor departing for South Carolina

Quad-City Times editor departing for South Carolina


Autumn Phillips is resigning as the Quad-City Times executive editor to accept a position as the managing editor of The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina.

Her last day will be Jan. 31.

Phillips joined the Times in December 2015. She has worked for the Davenport-based Lee Enterprises, parent company of the Times, since March 2012.

"This leaving is bittersweet," Phillips said. "I'm excited for the new opportunity, but I'm leaving a company that I've worked for in three markets and where I have formed many deep friendships."

Phillips, 44, announced her decision to the news staff earlier this week.

"We're fortunate to have had such a talented editor lead our team for the last couple of years," said Times Publisher Debbie Anselm. "She embraced her role as a leader not only in our newsroom but in the community."

Anselm credited Phillips as a strong supporter of community journalism and enterprise reporting. During Phillips' tenure, the Times underwent a redesign of its Sunday newspaper, including introduction of The Big Story.

"The Big Story is certainly something our readers have enjoyed," Anselm said. "One of the things Autumn brings to the organization is a commitment to be innovative. She is always looking for new ways to tell stories and new ways to reach our audiences."

Phillips also was a driving force behind the Times' new Virtual Reality storytelling project, hosted on the free app QCT VR.

According to Anselm, the changes have come as Phillips and her team also "made sure we were good stewards for transparency in government and an advocate for open meetings and open records.” 

A national search for a new executive editor is in the works.

Wishing Phillips well, Anselm said, "I appreciate the way she carried out her role. She was an active leader. She was in the community working beside other leaders and other citizens."

Phillips' community service includes the Rotary Club of Davenport. She also is a board member for the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and the national APME (Associated Press Media Editors) board.

Also during her tenure, the Times was named one of the 10 Newspapers That Do it Right by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2017. 

"I'm leaving a community that embraced me and made me feel at home," Phillips said. "It's a community where I formed some friendships that I don't expect to end when I drive across the bridge for the final time next month."

Prior to joining the Times, Phillips was editor at The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale and in Twin Falls, Idaho, both Lee newspapers.

"She has certainly had a bright career at Lee Enterprises," Anselm said.


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