READING, Pa. — Veteran journalist Garry Lenton has been named the next editor-in-chief of the Reading Eagle.

He will succeed Harry Deitz Jr., who has been serving as associate publisher and editor while also writing a weekly column. He is retiring next month after 40 years with the company.

Lenton began his career in Pennsylvania journalism in 1978 at the Lebanon Daily News, moving on to become a state capitol reporter, bureau chief and database editor at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg.

He was editor of the Press & Journal in Middletown before joining the Reading Eagle Co. in 2012 as editor of Berks Country magazine.

Two years ago he was named assistant news-editor features and special publications.

Lenton currently serves as president of the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors.

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