Shannon J. Allen became sports editor of The Sand Mountain Reporter in Albertville, Ala., in 1998 and editor and publisher in 2020.

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Shannon J. Allen has been named editor and publisher of The Sand Mountain Reporter, owner Patrick Graham announced Monday.

“I couldn’t be more excited to make this announcement,” Graham said. “Shannon’s love for and dedication to our community has been on full display during his more than three decades here at The Reporter. This is an opportunity that is long overdue for someone of Shannon’s caliber, and I have no doubt he is going to do an outstanding job moving forward in his new role as the newspaper’s publisher.”

Allen previously served as the longtime sports editor of The Reporter, joining the paper in May 1988 upon his graduation from the University of Alabama. Allen has spent his entire 32-year career in the newspaper business at The Reporter.

“I am truly humbled by this tremendous opportunity,” Allen said. “Sand Mountain and The Reporter are home for me and always will be. I look forward to continue working with the terrific staff we have here at The Reporter to make this the best newspaper in the entire state of Alabama because that is what our readers, advertisers and community both want and deserve.”

Allen has received numerous awards from the Alabama Press Association through the years for writing, photography and sports coverage. He received the Distinguished Alabama Community Sports Journalist from Auburn University’s journalism department in 2009, and he was inducted into the Marshall County Sports Hall of Fame, where he is president of the board, in 2018.

Allen is married to the former Malarie Haven. The couple has three children — James, 6; Brady, 4; and Maggie Jo, 1.

Graham also owns the Jackson County Sentinel in Scottsboro, Alabama; Times-Journal in Fort Payne, Alabama; The Covington News; and The Walton Tribune.

Graham previously had been on staff with the newspapers in Albertville, Fort Payne and Monroe.

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