Mike McCombs joined The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette on Jan. 31 as sports editor.
McCombs worked for the Gazette from September 1997 to October 1998 as a sports copy editor and reporter. He spent the next 13 years on the sports staff at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
In 2008, he received a fellowship from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to attend the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education's summer editing program at the University of Nevada-Reno.
McCombs is a 1997 graduate of Clemson University, where he was sports editor and news editor at The Tiger, the student newspaper.
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"We're pleased that Mike is leading our sports department," Executive Editor Fitz McAden said. "His experience, including the time he worked in the Lowcountry several years ago, along with his years as a sports copy editor, made him ideal for the position."