ADA — Ada native Roy Deering took over duties as managing editor of the Ada Evening News today, according to AEN Publisher Loné Beasley.

Deering is no stranger to the newspaper, serving as AEN staff writer and sports editor from 1982 to 1985, and as news editor between 1992 and 1998.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me, and a challenge that I’m eager to undertake,” Deering said. “I absolutely love journalism, especially community journalism. The Ada News has a big tradition of service to the community, and that’s something I feel is missing from so many newspapers across the country.”

Deering graduated from Latta High School in 1982 and earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from East Central University in Ada in 1990. He has been a high school English and literature instructor and assistant principal at Moss the past six years.

Deering and his wife Beverly have been married for 16 years and are members of Church of Chirst. They have three children: Noah, 11, Caleb 7, and Gracie 4.

Brenda Tollett had served as managing editor since 2000. She will remain with the newspaper as a staff writer.

“We’re very excited about Roy being our managing editor,” Beasley said. “He brings a wealth of experience in local news reporting and that will help us tremendously. Breanda Tollett has done an excellent job as managing editor. She is looking forward to being the lifestyles editor, which will relax her schedule.”

Deering said he intends to be an active part of the Ada community.

“I really look forward to the challenge of managing editor,” he said. “I welcome input from the community about the way we operate and will do my very best to maintain the newsaper’s quality.”

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