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Appen Media Group announces staff updates

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Appen Media Group has announced staff changes for its Alpharetta-based news operation.

Appen announced on May 23 the promotion of staff writer Joe Parker to editor of the Milton Herald. Parker has previously worked as a freelancer for Appen Media and joined the company full time last January.

“I am extremely excited to further my role with the Milton Herald and continue to provide its readers comprehensive coverage of local matters,” Parker said.

Parker will oversee the Milton Herald and continue his role as sports reporter for all of Appen Media’s publications.

“Parker has been an integral part of our newsroom from the day he got here,” said General Manager Hans Appen. “He is a tireless worker who pours everything he has into his beat and his articles.”

Additionally, Carson Cook has joined the staff as a full-time reporter concentrating on Johns Creek. Cook is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she was recognized by the communication department as the Outstanding Senior of 2018.

“I am genuinely looking forward to getting to know the North Fulton community,” Cook said. “I will do my best to contribute quality, in-depth reporting on local issues.”

Cook previously worked as assistant news editor for The University Echo and most recently freelanced with the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

“We are thrilled to add a reporter of Carson’s caliber to our newsroom,” Appen said. “She checks all the boxes we were looking for, not the least of which is a passion for community journalism and an understanding of the responsibility her job entails.”

June 13, 2018

Hans Appen