Newspaper names new publisher

Browning

The Post and Courier has hired P.J. Browning of The Sun News in Myrtle Beach to serve as its next publisher.

Browning, publisher at The Sun News, will start in Charleston in mid-August and work alongside outgoing Publisher Bill Hawkins, who is retiring this year.

“Charleston is an incredible move for me professionally,” Browning said after announcing her move to The Sun News staff Thursday. “I have admired the journalism of The Post and Courier from afar, and I feel privileged to be joining the team.

“The newspaper has a long history of providing quality journalism to the Charleston area, and I look forward to becoming an integral member of the community and the newspaper. It’s truly an honor for me.”

Browning, a Missouri native, has nearly three decades in the newspaper industry, most of it in advertising and publisher roles.

During her time with The Sun News, Browning guided the newspaper in a highly competitive market in which tourism plays a pivotal role. She also did extensive work bringing the newspaper into the digital era.

“P.J. brings a distinguished record as a publisher and a genuine passion for newspapers,” Hawkins said. “She’s an absolutely perfect choice to continue The Post and Courier’s 209-year-old tradition of excellence. She’ll prove to be a major asset to the greater Charleston community.”

Hawkins announced his retirement in the spring.

“I couldn’t be more pleased that we could lure P.J. to The Post and Courier, and I am excited about working side by side with her during a transition period.”

Before her role with The Sun News, Browning had been a publisher at the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.; The Sentinel in Carlisle, Pa.; and The Telegraph in Macon, Ga.

Browning said it is difficult to leave the McClatchy Co., which owns The Sun News, but the opportunity at The Post and Courier is a great one for her family.

“My husband has been by my side as we’ve moved and grown with my career over the past 28-plus years, and the move to Charleston is one that is going to allow him to pursue his career while still affording me the opportunity to do what I love.”

Her husband, Kerry, is a woodworker who has done extensive restoration work throughout the Lowcountry.

Browning was very active in the Myrtle Beach community, serving on numerous boards, and said she looks forward to being equally involved with the greater Charleston community.