About

Meet our staff


ScottScott Johnson, News Editor
Scott is the 26-year-old News Editor for the Journal Record. Scott is a Georgia-native who moved to Marion County in 2012 to attend ministry school. Scott resides in Hamilton with his beautiful wife, Madison, and children, Emersyn and Griffin.


MatthewMatthew Puckett, Managing Editor
Matthew is the Journal Record’s 27-year-old Managing Editor. He spends many nights and weekends covering Marion County sports, and many days assisting general managing Les Walters with paper layout. Matthew resides in Hamilton with his beautiful wife, Arry, and his daughter Ryne.


LESLes Walters, General Manager
Les is the managing editor of the Journal Record, and spends most days reading, editing, teaching and guiding the work of his millennial writing staff. Les lays out each paper and prepares them for publication. Les resides in Hamilton with his beautiful wife, Sherri, and uses every opportunity to brag on his two sons, Sloan and Chance, and his                                     daughter- in-law, Erin, and grandsons Thad and Crosby.


Kristi White, Advertising Manager
Kristi has served as the advertising manager of the Journal Record for 18 years, maintaining relationships with local business owners and elected officials. Kristi resides in Hamilton with her husband, Jeff, son, Blake, and daughter, Becca.


Tori Kessinger, Office Manager
Tori is the Office Manager as well as the Legal and Obituary Coordinator; she also works side by side with Kristi designing ads. As one of the newest recruits she stays on top of her game, not missing a beat. Tori resides in Hamilton with her husband, Marcus.