The News of Orange County has named Georgia native and University of South Carolina alum Rachel Pittman as its news editor. 

“I can think of no better way to grow as a journalist and a writer than to learn and tell the stories of the residents of Orange County,” Pittman said. “Local news is so important and I am thankful for the chance to help bring it our readers.” 

Pittman received a degree in journalism from UofSC in Dec. 2018. As a student, she covered local and state government, the arts, health and agriculture in both Georgia and South Carolina.

After graduation, she reported on state and local government for two newspapers in South Carolina, the Post and Courier and the Sumter Item.

“We were really impressed with Rachel as a candidate for this job,” Womack Publishing Co. Marketing Director Charlie Pogacar said. “We are excited to see her grow in her new role at the News of Orange, and to continue to highlight what is special about Hillsborough and northern Orange County.” 

Through her journalism experiences, Pittman has developed a passion for involved local reporting, particularly in Southern communities.

She relocated to Hillsborough for the News of Orange County position, looking to live near downtown.

“I grew up in a fairly rural area in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, so moving to the foothills community of Hillsborough has felt like a return to my roots,” she said. “As news editor, I have the intention of devoting myself fully to bringing accurate, engaging stories to Orange County.”

Outside of the newsroom, Pittman can be found at the movies, camping or at home reading, watching Jeopardy! and listening to her favorite Patsy Cline albums.