New Pilot & Today editor off and running

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— Scott Stanford has been named editor of the Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Hayden Valley Press, Publisher Suzanne Schlicht announced.

Stanford began work May 23. He replaces Mark Louden, who has accepted a position as news editor of the Anniston Star in Anniston, Ala.

"I'm thrilled we were able to attract a person of Scott Stanford's caliber for this important position," Schlicht said. "Scott has worked with some fine newspaper organizations in the past and I am confident his influence will be good for our news products and our professional staff."

Stanford comes to the Pilot & Today from the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he served as an assistant metro editor responsible for the Sunday newspaper and long-term reporting projects. During his year at the Caller-Times, he oversaw the award-winning series on the economies of cities along the Gulf of Mexico and on the school dropout problem in the Coastal Bend region of Texas.

He previously worked as a copy editor, reporter and city editor of the San Angelo Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas. While in San Angelo, Stanford won awards for business, team, community service and specialty reporting. During his time as city editor, the newspaper won the top award in Texas for investigative reporting in 1998 and 1999 and won a Katie Award from the Press Club of Dallas as the best daily newspaper under 100,000 circulation.

He began his newspaper career in 1992 as the managing editor of the Kingsville Record in Kingsville, Texas.

"Having worked at newspapers ranging in size from 7,000 circulation to 80,000 circulation, I have gained great appreciation for small newspapers that closely reflect their communities," Stanford said. "From what I have seen, the Pilot & Today is a newspaper that understands its community and its readers very well, and I'm excited to have a chance to be a part of that."

Stanford is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and served as a supply officer in the Navy prior to embarking on his journalism career. He also studied journalism at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Stanford's wife, Kelly, is a public school teacher and administrator. They have two daughters Maggie, 7, and Libby, 2.

"From everything we have read and seen, there are very few places that offer the opportunities for families that Steamboat does," Stanford said. "We look forward to raising our daughters here and becoming involved in this community."

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