Brent Boyer: Change is good

Pilot & Today grows its own leaders

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Brent Boyer

Contact Editor Brent Boyer at 871-4221 or e-mail bboyer@SteamboatToday.com.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today's track record of growing its own leaders is well-documented. A quick glance at the newspaper's leadership highlights that approach:

General Manager Suzanne Schlicht was just 25 when she was named publisher in 1991. After growing the Pilot & Today into a daily newspaper, moving it to a new facility and doubling the size of the staff, Schlicht was named general manager and director of strategic planning for WorldWest LLC, our parent company, in November 2005.

Publisher Bryna Larsen is another example - she has held just about every position imaginable since starting with the Pilot & Today, from reporter to classified advertising representative to regional advertising director.

Of course, I've also benefited from this approach. I started at the Pilot & Today in December 2002 as the newspaper's first full-time education reporter. I moved to the copy desk in May 2005, and three months later, I was named city editor. Two weeks ago, I was promoted to editor to replace Scott Stanford, who has taken over our advertising department.

Today, I'm happy to announce several other staff changes and promotions. In the end, I think it's our readers who will gain the most from these changes.

- Mike Lawrence, the Pilot & Today's award-winning city and county reporter and political columnist, will take over as city editor, effective immediately. Mike has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was an intern at the Rocky Mountain News and several other newspapers before coming to Steamboat in October 2005. As city editor, Mike will oversee our staff of nine reporters and two photographers. He'll also be responsible for editing stories and planning the daily newspaper. He can be reached at 871-4233 or mlaw-rence@steamboatpilot.com.

- Meg Wortman, our veteran news editor (and my fiancee), has been named the Pilot & Today's creative services manager. In her new role, Meg will be responsible for managing advertising creation as well as commercial and special section layout and design for the Craig Daily Press and Steamboat Pilot & Today. Meg can be reached at mwortman@steamboatpilot.com.

- Replacing Meg as news editor is Allison Miriani, who for the past 15 months has been the Pilot & Today's special sections editor. Allison has been instrumental in the growth and success of At Home in Steamboat Springs magazine, and she has a proven track record as a page designer. Allison worked as one of our copy editors from September 2003 to May 2006. You can contact Allison at amiriani@steamboatpilot.com.

- I'm also excited to announce the hiring of Margaret Hair, who started Monday as our arts and entertainment reporter. Margaret, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, is responsible for our 4 Points content as well as the Sunday Style page. She's bringing a fresh approach to our entertainment coverage, and she's excited to share her ideas with our readers. She can be reached at 871-4204 or mhair@steamboatpilot.com.

- Rounding out the changes, Brandon Gee, our business and Hayden reporter since June, will take over the city and county beat vacated by Lawrence. It's perhaps the most difficult beat we cover, and I know Brandon will do a fantastic job. He can be reached at 871-4210 or bgee@steamboatpilot.com. We're in the process of hiring a new reporter to fill the business and Hayden beat.

If you have any questions or comments about the changes or anything else related to the Pilot & Today, please call or e-mail me.

Brent Boyer's From the Editor column appears Thursdays in the Steamboat Today. Boyer can be reached at (970) 871-4221 or bboyer@steamboatpilot.com.

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