STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The Centre Daily Times has a new top editor.

Veteran journalist John Roach took over as executive editor this week after spending five years at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, most recently in the job of sports manager.

Before working in New Orleans, he was a senior producer in digital media for NBCSports.com.

He grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Broomall, where he still has family.

Publisher Janet Santostefano says Roach has "a great track record when it comes to coaching and mentoring journalists" and is "a champion for enterprise and investigative journalism."

He replaces John Boogert, who left to work at The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Information from: Centre Daily Times, http://www.centredaily.com