FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Starting Jan. 1, there will be a change in the editor's chair at The Fayetteville Observer.

According to a story on the paper's website ( ), Executive Editor Mike Arnholt announced he is retiring on Dec. 31. Publisher Charles Broadwell has named Managing Editor Michael Adams to replace Arnholt.

Arnholt started at The Observer in 1976 as a part-time copy editor. He became managing editor in 1990 and executive editor in 2009.

Broadwell praised Arnholt's leadership and said he will be missed at the paper.

Adams began his newspaper career at The Washington Daily News. It won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service when he was managing editor in 1990. He joined the Observer in 1992 and held a series of editing jobs before becoming managing editor in 2009.

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