James replaces Lance Hanlin, who recently accepted a job as sports editor of the Post Register newspaper in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
James has worked in the Standard Democrat sports department for seven years. He graduated from Sikeston High School in 1993 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Southeast Missouri State University in December 1999.
"Considering his rapport with local coaches and his knowledge of sports, he is the perfect choice for the sports editor position," said Hanlin. "He has done an excellent job of promoting area athletes in the past and I'm confident he will continue to do so in the future."