Tolley named executive editor of The State

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Brian Tolley, executive editor of The Island Packet in Hilton Head Island and The Beaufort Gazette, has been named to the same position at The State in Columbia, S.C.

Tolley, 54, has strong ties to South Carolina. Besides serving for three years as editor of the two Lowcountry newsrooms, he is a former assistant managing editor at The State. His wife, Pam, is a Columbia native and a Columbia College graduate.

"It's a wonderful chance for somewhat of a homecoming for me," said Tolley, who worked at The State for seven years before leaving in 2005. "The State has had such a good news team for as long as I can remember, and I'm excited to be a part of it again."

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