Charmain Z. Brackett has been named managing editor of The Augusta Press. She previously served as features editor at the paper.
Brackett has been a name in local journalism for many years. She spent 32 years writing for The Augusta Chronicle in full time and freelance capacities and also freelanced for Fort Gordon’s The Signal and several area magazines, including Augusta Magazine, Columbia County Magazine and Augusta Family Magazine.
“Charmain has been an invaluable asset to The Augusta Press,” said Publisher Joe Edge. “She’s kept readers informed about what’s happening in Augusta on the arts scene, what there is to do and offered some light-hearted content to balance out all our heavy emphasis on government and business.”
In 2008, a story Brackett wrote for The Signal about wounded warriors took second place at the Department of the Army level in the Keith L. Ware Army journalism competition after winning the Southeast Region Installation Management Agency level.
Brackett is also the author of several novels, including a mystery series set in Augusta, and children’s books. She was named 2015 Georgia Author of the Year in the children’s book category for “Little Pearl’s Circus World.” In 2014, her novel, “The Key of Elyon,” won the Yerby Award for Fiction.
A lifelong Augustan, Brackett is a graduate of Augusta College with a bachelor’s degree in English.
She has contributed more than 600 stories to The Augusta Press in its first year of operation, according to Edge. She has also directed coverage of high school football, recruited features contributors to flesh out her features section and oversaw special section coverage, he added.
“What I love most about The Augusta Press is our focus on community news. I’ve worked hard the past year to bring interesting and engaging stories about people, places and happenings. I pledge to do even more of that in the coming years and hope to make The Augusta Press the reader’s choice when it comes to local news coverage,” Brackett said.