Hensley joins staff of News + Record


Victor Hensley has joined the News + Record’s staff as sports editor, Publisher Bill Horner III has announced.

Hensley, 23, replaces Chapel Fowler, who has taken a position at another newspaper. Both Hensley and Fowler were 2020 graduates of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC-Chapel Hill.

A native of Trinity, Hensley has covered sports for The High Point Enterprise and at UNC produced stories for the Durham VOICE and The Greensboro News & Record. He’s worked as a correspondent for the News + Record over the last few months.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the News + Record and to cover all things Chatham County sports,” Hensley said. “Chatham is an area rich with talent, promise and a few good jump shots. This newspaper has a reputation for being one of the top-tier community newspapers in North Carolina and I can’t wait to contribute to that success.”

Hensley said he developed a love for sports writing after not making his school’s basketball team.

“I realized that since I clearly can’t shoot a basketball correctly, maybe I can write about people who can,” he said.

Horner said Fowler’s new position will also include covering prep recruiting for the on a regional basis for a number of newspapers.

“Chapel did incredible work for us, but Victor has a similar sports pedigree and readers will already be familiar with his byline,” Horner said. “Our goal is to build on the work we’ve done so far to continue to make our sports coverage essential reading in Chatham County. Victor will lead that effort.”

Hensley can be reached at vhensley@chathamnr.com and followed on Twitter @Frezeal33.