This week, executive editor Bonita Burton made yet another outstanding visuals hire for her growing team at the Daily Sun of the Villages, Fla.

Her message:

I’m delighted to announce that Joshua Meo, an accomplished designer at the Gannet Design Studio in Louisville, is joining us as our new Associate Managing Editor.

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This is another in a string of new positions we’ve created to lead our growing staff in this growing market.

In this new role, Josh will work closely with AME Bill Bootz and Managing Editor Colin Smith to direct the visual storytelling of our full portfolio of products — and those we’ve yet to invent. He’ll oversee a team of six designers and report to Managing Editor Sharon Sullivan.

Josh describes himself as someone who “lives for deadlines, planning for a big event or rebuilding for breaking news.” He has deep experience in special sections and in-depth reports, most recently as a lead designer for the Indianapolis Star, Cincinnati Enquirer and Louisville Courier-Journal.

Before joining the studio, Josh designed A1, news and business pages for the Cincinnati Enquirer for six years and was a graphic designer and copy editor at the Kansas City Star for nearly two years.

Josh is a big thinker who understands the importance of intelligent risk-taking. He’s a thoughtful, collaborative leader who will be a big boost to us on the story conception end.

Most of all, he shares our passion for community journalism, our commitment to innovation and our relentless pursuit of excellence.

(Oh, and he’s a seasoned softball pitcher who just might be talked into join the company team…)

Josh and his wife, Jennifer, are parents to an 8-year-old, a six-year-old and a 2-year-old.

Please join me in welcoming them to the Daily Sun family when they join us – hopefully by early August.

I can’t wait to see where his creativity and ambition will take us next.

There’s not much more I can add to that. A few samples of his work:

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Find Josh’s portfolio here.

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