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The Abington Journal welcomes home a former staff writer, Christopher J. Hughes, 29. In his return to the Abington area newspaper, Hughes will serve as editor, replacing longtime leader Kristie Grier Ceruti and joining existing staff members Rob Tomkavage and Elizabeth Baumeister.

Hughes, of West Scranton, started as a correspondent at the the Journal and was hired as staff writer in May 2006. Since that time, he has served as editor of Go Lackawanna; interim editor of the Weekender; and online editor, features writer and copy editor at The Times Leader.

“The Journal has a capable staff and strong position in the community. I have confidence that Chris will be a great leader there,” said Joe Butkiewicz, vice president and executive editor of The Times Leader and associated weekly publications, including The Abington Journal.

The Abington Journal has been delivering news since 1947. Today it is part of Civitas Media, which owns 35 daily newspaper, 28 weekend editions and 53 weekly publications in 11 states with a combined circulation of nearly 1.6 million. Locally, its papers include Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, The Sunday Dispatch in Pittston, The Dallas Post, The Weekender and The Abington Journal.

Hughes is married to the former Lyndsey Bagdonas of Waymart. The couple has two children — Taryn, 9 and John, 4.

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