Doug Bonjour, an award-winning Fairfield County sports journalist, has been named sports editor of the Westport News.

Bonjour most recently was sports editor and managing editor of the weekly Norwalk Citizen, a Westport News sister paper operated by Hearst Connecticut Media Group. He begins his new duties today.

"Doug is quickly rising in the ranks of the region's sports journalists, and we are excited to have him lead our coverage," said Jim Doody, the Westport News editor. "He is an intelligent, energetic reporter and a gifted writer."

The No. 1 priority of the paper's sports department remains covering high school and community sports, Doody said. With the addition of Bonjour, the paper plans to do more analytical sports reporting and more in-depth stories on issues and people.

In addition to being the primary writer for Westport sports, Bonjour will coordinate all sports coverage and oversee freelance writers.

He replaces Eliot Schickler.

Bonjour joined the Norwalk paper in 2010 and has covered Norwalk High School and Brien McMahon High School teams, rivals of Staples High School in the FCIAC.

He also has written frequently for Hearst's daily papers, the Connecticut Post, the Greenwich Time, Advocate of Stamford and the News-Times in Danbury.

"Doug has covered the FCIAC, so he knows the league's programs and the coaches, and we expect him to hit the ground running in Westport," Doody said.

Bonjour is a 2008 graduate of Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., where he earned a bachelor's degree in print journalism. Working for the student newspaper there, he was the beat writer for Hofstra's Division I men's lacrosse and football teams. Hofstra has since dropped football.

Before joining the Norwalk paper, Bonjour worked as a freelance sports writer, contributing to various Fairfield County publications.

Raised in Newtown, he is a 2004 graduate of Newtown High School, where he was captain of the cross country team.

At the Norwalk Citizen, he won Hearst Connecticut Media's quarterly Monarch Award for excellence, competing with writers and editors from the group's 10 other daily and weekly newspapers.

He also has been cited for excellence in journalism by the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Doug Bonjour can be reached at dbonjour@scni.com.