Government Editor

Margie Nichols, chairman of The University of Tennessee Chancellor's Associates, has been named senior director of the Department of Communications and Governmental Relations for the City of Knoxville by Mayor Bill Haslam.
Nichols, an award-winning news director for WBIR-TV Channel 10, will oversee governmental relations and will oversee policy development for the city. Nichols' department will also communicate with all city constituents, including citizens, citizen boards, city employees and the media, a Dec. 10 press release said.
Haslam said that he is excited about Nichols' addition to the city administration.
Margie will interact with state officials, county officials, the city council and will help with that process, he said. She brings a lot of wisdom because of the time she has spent covering Knoxville.
Nichols is also excited about her new role. She has been news director at WBIR-TV since 1996. Nichols served as chief administrative officer for Knox County Executive Tom Shumpert from 1994 to 1996.
Nichols has received awards for her news reporting including the George Polk Award for Local Television Reporting, the Peabody Award and the Emmy Award for Investigative Reporting, the press release said.
She also holds a bachelor's degree in English from The University of Tennessee at Martin.
Nichols is the wife of John Gill, special assistant to Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols.