Marshall Hogan is the new owner/editor of the Ashton Clarion newspaper. He finds the change from Th'e New York Times to small-town paper to be a drastic switch. He is fondly referred to by his staff as "Attila the Hogan". The angels and demons call him "the Hound", and for good reason. Marshall is a burly, aggressive reporter to the core. He is a red-head, like his wife Kate and does not have a good relationship with his daughter Sandy at first.