Journal & News veteran editor Rawan Bitar has been named managing editor for The Florida Bar Journal.

Bitar has worked at the Bar for more than nine years. She began her career here as an editorial assistant with the Bar’s Legal Publications Office in December 2013. Six months later, Bitar moved to the Journal & News as an associate editor and has remained ever since.

Bitar succeeds Melinda Melendez, who retired after a 19-year career with the Journal & News.

Bitar said she’s proud to work in the publishing field and looks forward to her new role.

“It is a pleasure as managing editor to continue to work with the talented legal scholars we have here in Florida and around the country, in addition to the wonderful members of The Florida Bar Journal & News Editorial Board,” Bitar said.

Prior to her start at the Bar, Bitar held positions at the Florida Legislature, including as an editor at the Florida House of Representatives and in communications at the CFO Office at the Florida Capitol. She also had a one-year experience teaching undergraduate creative writing classes at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon.

“We are excited to have Rawan take the lead in producing the finest legal publication of its type in the nation,” Journal & News Editor Mark Killian said. “She is well-acquainted with the myriad of procedures involved with producing the Journal and possesses the requisite editing, organizational, and technological skills needed to do the job. The Journal is in good hands.”

Bitar was raised in Tallahassee and received her master’s degree in creative writing from Florida State University after earning her B.A. in English from Smith College. Beyond the workplace, Rawan enjoys equestrian sports, spending time outdoors, and reading history and fiction.

Rawan Bitar named managing editor of The Florida Bar Journal