Abby Westcott — lead designer for the Rochester, N.Y., Democrat & Chronicle, working out of the Gannett Design Studio in Asbury Park, N.J. — is moving to USA Today in McLean, Va., she announced recently on Facebook.


Her new title, she tells us:

Design editor. I’ll be designing 1A as well as covers for the local editions.

I start march 4th.

A 2008 graduate of Ball State University, Abby interned at the Daily Times of Noblesville, Ind., before launching her career at the Times of Wilson, N.C. She moved to the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal in 2009 as copy desk chief and then moved again to the Asbury Park Press in 2010.

That paper’s design desk, of course, was folded into the design studio in 2011. She spent two years designing features for the studio before taking on her current assignment last winter.

A few samples of her work:







Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.