EASTON — After an 11-year run with The Star Democrat, Dorchester Star and the Times-Record newspapers, editor, writer and photographer Dustin Holt is beginning a new chapter away from APG Chesapeake.

Holt is turning the reins over to Hannah Combs as the new editor of the papers covering Caroline and Dorchester counties.

Combs is an Eastern Shore native who grew up in Dorchester County and spent part of her summers in Annapolis with her grandparents. She now lives on her family farm in Caroline County with her husband and children while raising heritage hogs and culinary mushrooms.

Combs began her career at APG Chesapeake five years ago as a staff writer, working in Queen Anne’s County for the Bay Times and Record Observer newspapers while contributing to The Star Democrat.

“I am looking forward to contributing to the county in which I grew up and the one that I now call home,” Combs said. “As I have watched how our communities have grown over the last several decades while maintaining so many steadfast traditions, I want to continue sharing these experiences with our readers.

“I am incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity to play a part in bringing to you, our readers, the local and regional news that impacts our community,” she said.

Holt said Combs is an outstanding community journalist and person.

“Caroline and Dorchester counties will be in great hands under her leadership. I wish you the very best,” Holt said.

Holt thanked his wife Carol, daughters Emma and Sadie, and all his family and friends for their love and support.

“I would like to give a big thank you to the Mid-Shore community for welcoming me when I moved to the Eastern Shore in September 2008 to begin my career as a general news reporter in Dorchester County for The Star Democrat and Dorchester Star,” he said.

“To all the readers, community members and coaches, thank you for letting me be a part of history. I had the honor to cover so many great moments in my 11 years. You welcomed me at meetings, events and businesses as I chronicled each moment. Thank you for supporting the newspaper,” Holt said.

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