CHARLES TOWN – The Spirit’s new sports editor, Jeff Brammer, is a Massachusetts native with more than a dozen years of experience at news organizations in West Virginia (at the Parkersburg News-Sentinel and the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram), Virginia, Maryland and, most recently, the Cayman Islands.
Before becoming managing editor of the daily Caymanian Compass in 2011, Brammer lived in Charles Town and worked as a copy editor and page designer at the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Md.
Living so close to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races helped cement his appreciation for the Sport of Kings and he said he’s thrilled to again be able to report on horse racing. He’s also excited to beef up the Spirit’s coverage of high school sports.
“Jefferson County has such a rich offering of sports that deserves the best possible coverage,” Brammer said. “With a pair of storied high school athletic programs, as well as Shepherd University and an exciting local thoroughbred racing industry, there are a number of great stories just waiting to be told. I’m looking forward to being the journalist with the responsibility to bring our readership those accounts through top-notch writing, photography and newspaper layout and graphic design.”
Robert Snyder, the Spirit’s editor-publisher, said Brammer’s skills as a writer, photographer and page designer along with his energy and enthusiastic interest in the movers and shakers of the local sports world make him a natural for the job. The two worked together at the News-Post in Frederick.
“I’m so pleased to be able to bring Jeff on board here at the Spirit,” Snyder said. “I look for him to do great things and to produce a Sports section that readers turn to regularly, both in print and online.”
Brammer grew up in Andover, Mass., and studied at the University of Massachusetts and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. His degree is in broadcast journalism.
He and his wife, Scarlett, first moved to Tuscawilla Hills in 2006.