Melton moves in as new Patriot editor

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Just as a perennial power in sports doesn’t rebuild, it reloads when it makes roster changes, Charles Melton steps to the plate this week as the editor of the Bremerton Patriot.

Melton is actually returning to the Patriot, where he was a reporter from Sept. 2004 to May 2005.

With former editor, Tracey Cooper, returning to her home in Texas, it’s only fitting Melton replaces her. Melton is a Texan too, graduating from Texas Tech University in 1998. He served as a rim copy editor at the Waco Tribune-Herald after graduation, before joining the Army as an infantryman in September of that year. Melton completed basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. before serving in South Korea, then being assigned to Fort Lewis, Wash.

Melton finally returned to journalism in 2002, and covered city hall and sports for the Patriot. Melton remained in the Sound Publishing family the last two years, serving as the Poulsbo reporter for the North Kitsap Herald.

“We’re thrilled to have him after his two solid years at the North Kitsap Herald,” said Patriot publisher Rob White.

White and Melton have worked together in the past as White was the publisher at the Herald when Melton arrived in 2005.

“He lives in Bremerton and has a real passion for the community,” White said. “His experience and familiarity with the community will be greatly appreciated by our readers.”

For Melton the decision to return to the Patriot was the fulfillment of one of his career goals and the opportunity to be back in place that he never really left.

“They say you can never go home again, but I feel like I have,” Melton said.

Even when Melton was in Poulsbo, he made periodic returns to Bremerton to help the Patriot, whenever he was called upon to do so.

“I look forward to renewing my relationships throughout the city and keeping tabs on how much the city is changing,” Melton said. “It’s been a great first few days, and I couldn’t have asked for more.”

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