The Craig Daily Press welcomed a new publisher Monday. Bryna Larsen was promoted from within the company to take the lead position at the newspaper.
Larsen has been with the Daily Press since May and has worked for WorldWest Limited Liability Company, the newspaper's parent company, for the past four years at the Steamboat Pilot/Steamboat Today.
"Bryna has been a tremendous asset to WorldWest over the past several years," said Suzanne Schlicht, publisher of the Steamboat Pilot and Steamboat Today newspapers and regional manager for WorldWest. "I am pleased that Bryna has accepted this challenge. I'm confident the staff, readers and advertisers of the Daily Press will benefit from the energy and commitment she will bring to the position."
"I love the newspaper business," Larsen said. "Small town newspapers are the backbone of the community, they keep neighbors informed of the changing events in their town. I'm proud to be associated with the dynamic staff of the Craig Daily Press and I'm looking forward to continuing working with the residents and business owners of Craig."
A University of Nebraska graduate, Larsen chose Northwest Colorado as her home because of the abundance of outdoor activities.
"My husband and I are avid hunters and spend much of our free time roaming in the backcountry," she said. "When we moved to Northwest Colorado, it was primarily for a lifestyle change, but we've managed to build a home here, a career and start a family. I don't plan on leaving this valley anytime soon."
Larsen has a positive outlook for the future of the Daily Press. She said she is counting on continuing the positive relationships she's built over the last year and is encouraged by the support of the community.
"I want the paper to be a solid source for factual local news, something residents of Craig and the surrounding areas look forward to picking up and reading each evening," Larsen said.
Larsen believes the paper should have a strong commitment to the businesses in the area and is devoted to strengthening those bonds as well.
"I want the Daily Press to be an advertising piece that informs readers of the shopping opportunities here in Craig. The paper should be a reliable resource for our local business owners, and it can be a way to encourage people to shop at home first," Larsen said.
Larsen also has a strong commitment to her family. Her husband, Corey, is a self-employed carpenter in the area, and the couple recently celebrated the birth of their first child.
"Benjamin turned seven weeks old today," Larsen said.
Larsen has realized a dream by taking the helm at the Daily Press, and she plans to remain with the paper for a long time, bringing stability and consistency to a product she feels can serve the community in many ways.
"I'm not going anywhere for a long time," she said. "I have established roots here, and I've always wanted to run a small town newspaper now that I've reached that goal, I plan to do that for many years to come."