Autumn Phillips, Executive Editor

Post and Courier’s Executive Editor, Mitch Pugh, heads to Chicago Tribune; Managing Editor, Autumn Phillips, promoted

The Post and Courier says goodbye to Executive Editor Mitch Pugh, who will be leaving Charleston after eight years to lead the Chicago Tribune’s newsroom.

Award-winning Managing Editor, Autumn Phillips, has been promoted and will become the new Executive Editor of The Post and Courier, continuing to showcase her creative spirit, extensive journalistic knowledge, and managerial experience to the state’s largest newspaper.

Autumn Phillips, Executive Editor

Like her predecessor, Phillips was on the team that headed the Pulitzer Prize finalist project, Rising Waters (2020 finalist for Local Reporting, winner of Scripps Howard Environmental Reporting award) and the George Stinney p

roject (2018 Pulitzer finalist in Feature Writing). Pugh and Phillips also helped to lead The Post and Courier in statewide expansion and digital subscription growth.

Additionally, over her time with The Post and Courier, Phillips assisted in the newspaper acquiring $1.2 million in donations for the Investigative Journalism Fund and an Education Lab and brought her reporting expertise to initiatives such as Pints & Politics, Inside Business Live!, and We The Women.

Additionally, Phillips immerses herself in the Lowcountry community. She is a member of the South Carolina Press Association Diversity Committee and her work has sparked education and prison reform conversations.

“The years I’ve spent as managing editor at The Post and Courier have been a dream job for me and I’m more than excited to be given the chance to continue at this paper and in this city in a new role,” Phillips tells The Post and Courier. “This is an incredible newsroom with a talented, creative staff that has a sense of purpose and a passion for great storytelling and deep investigative journalism. I’m looking forward to many more years of being a part of it.”

Read more about Autumn Phillips’ background here.