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June 25, 2014

Times-News, Allegany Magazine editor appointments announced

CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland Times-News has named a digital content editor and special sections editor to its editorial team. Additionally, Shane Riggs is returning as managing editor of Allegany Magazine.

Teresa McMinn has joined the newsroom staff as digital content editor. Angie Brant moves from the Allegany Magazine editor slot to the position of special sections editor.

McMinn is a 20-year veteran journalist who has authored numerous articles in publications including Reuters, Lancaster Farming Newspaper, York Daily Record/Sunday News and the Reading Eagle.

Her work has included coverage of  a diverse range of topics and people, including civil rights advocate Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.; U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia; Florida’s 43rd governor Jeb Bush; Fox News talk-show host and former Miss America Gretchen Carlson; Pulitzer Prize recipient Leonard Pitts Jr.; Dr. Mehmet Oz; Lou Rawls; Special Olympics athlete and speaker Loretta Claiborne; and Bob Blumer, host and co-creator of the Food Network and Glutton for Punishment and creator and host of the series Surreal Gourmet.

McMinn, whose parents met while serving in the United States Army, is also the mother of three sons — two of whom serve in the U.S. military.

As digital content editor, McMinn will oversee the newspaper’s website, www.times-news.com, its social media work — including Facebook and Twitter — and multimedia content.

Brant lives in Meyersdale, Pa., with her husband, Mike. They are the parents of a daughter, Hannah, who is enrolled at Frostburg State University, majoring in elementary/middle school education.

 Brant is a founding member of the Maple City Garden Club and Meyersdale Area Merchants Association. She has served as an officer in the Meyersdale Renaissance Inc. Main Street Organization, Meyersdale Lions Club and has volunteered for the Meyersdale Relay for Life, Meyersdale Public Library, Pennsylvania Maple Festival and Meyersdale Parks and Recreation Committee.

Prior to joining the staff at the Cumberland Times-News/Allegany Magazine, she served as editor of The New Republic, a weekly newspaper in Meyersdale.

Brant will create local content for special advertising publications in the Times-News. She also will write features and news stories for the paper.

Riggs is the founding editor of Allegany Magazine and returns to that role July 1.

Riggs departed the magazine in October 2010 to pursue academic and literary endeavors for a time. He taught as an adjunct instructor of developmental English and will teach again in that role this fall. He also recently worked as the coordinator of community services for the Center for Continuing Education at Allegany College of Maryland. In that position he was able to launch a specialty publication known as On Board Magazine and produced several live shows as well as initiated a classic movie series at the campus.

During his holiday break from teaching in 2011, Riggs went on tour in a special marketing position with Donny and Marie Osmond during their holiday concerts in Chicago. He remains friends with the entertainers and recently visited with them both in Pittsburgh and again in Las Vegas. In addition, Riggs is the author of the “Song of the Red Sparrow” novel trilogy and of four plays that continue to be produced across the country. His fourth novel is expected to be published by Christmas.

While Riggs will be returning as magazine editor the first week of July, the first issue he will oversee will be the October/November edition. The August/September edition is currently in production and will be available soon.

“I have to confess I have missed the publishing world and I have missed the magazine,” Riggs said. “When this opportunity to oversee it and relaunch it came about, I couldn’t turn it down. The magazine has always been a part of my life and of my heart and I owe it to myself and to the publication I helped create to give this a shot. I am enthusiastically looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to return to the magazine.”

Allegany Magazine was founded in the fall of 2005. Its first issue debuted with the February/March 2006 edition and featured actor and Cumberland native William H. Macy on the cover. Since its inception, the magazine has been known as the area’s premier lifestyles publication and has won several industry awards.

Larry Effingham, publisher of the Times-News, said he is excited about the contributions McMinn, Brant and Riggs will make. “All three are talented, enthusiastic and passionate employees who will help make a big, positive impact on the Times-News, our website and Allegany Magazine,” he said.

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