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A New Generation: Tolbert Smalls, Jr. Selected As Next Publisher of The Chronicle; Damion Smalls Named Editor
3/9/2016 4:11:43 PM

Tolbert Smalls, Jr.

Damion Smalls
Staff Reports

Charleston Chronicle President/Editor/Publisher Jim French this week named Tolbert Smalls Jr. the new publisher for the newspaper.

His brother, Damion J. Smalls, was named editor. The brothers are the sons of Tolbert Smalls, Sr. and Nanette French Smalls.

They are the grandsons of Jim and Olivia French and the late Simon and Marie Smalls.

Tolbert Smalls joined his grandfather’s business as its marketing director in 2007 after graduating Francis Marion University with a B.S. Degree in General Business.

He eventually became the paper’s general manager and managing editor. Damion Smalls joined the paper in 2012 as its web manager after attending Coastal Carolina University.

Tolbert Smalls has completed several courses in journalism since joining the business.
While in college, Tolbert Smalls was a member of the Omicron Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi professional fraternity.

He served as the chapter’s senior vice president and president of Community Service. In November 2015, he was recognized by the Bethune-Leonard Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women at its annual ‘Innovators Under 35’ banquet.

Damion Smalls, who studied Psychology and Sociology at Coastal Carolina University, expanded his role at the paper to include becoming social media manager, publishing assistant and writer. He assisted in organizing the January 2016 Charleston County Public Library’s panel discussion with Chronicle staffers. His reporting focuses on technology, education and recreation in addition to business promotion and producing video content for The Chronicle.

Tolbert said he will use the wisdom instilled in him by his grandfather and seek the advice of those who have come before him as his career with the publication develops. Damion plans to work on expanding the paper's reach from the Tri-County area to beyond.

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