From: The Roanoke Times/Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 27, 2016
A longtime Richmond Times-Dispatch editor is leaving the newspaper to write a book about the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shootings.
Tom Kapsidelis, who has been the newspaper's metro editor since March 2015, leaves Aug. 19 to accept a fellowship with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville to work on a book examining issues related to the aftermath of the campus shootings that left 33 people dead and 25 injured.
Kapsidelis, 59, has worked at The Times-Dispatch for 28 years. He started as a state desk reporter and editor, and has served as associate state editor, suburban editor, Virginia editor, Sunday editor, deputy news editor for Richmond and breaking news editor.
Replacing him will be Reed Williams, a former Roanoke Times reporter who has supervised the night news operations since August. As metro editor, Williams will oversee a team of reporters who cover local government and education.
In another change, John Hoke will become the newspaper's assistant managing editor and, in his new role, he will oversee the primary news-gathering teams - metro, politics, business, enterprise and breaking news.
Hoke, 63, will be the newsroom's third-ranking editor, behind Paige Mudd, vice president and executive editor; and Brice Anderson, managing editor. The change will be effective Aug. 15.
Hoke most recently served as The Times-Dispatch's enterprise desk editor, overseeing a team of reporters tasked with pursuing in-depth investigative and enterprise projects.
Kim Chapman, currently a deputy news editor, will oversee the newspaper's night news operations that Williams has handled.