Daily Press hires new editor

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CRAIG DAILY PRESS STAFF

Terrance Vestal has been named editor of the Craig Daily Press. Vestal was previously news editor of Steamboat Pilot & Today and has been with WorldWest Limited Liability Company, the parent company of the papers, since January 1997.

Before coming to Steamboat Springs, Vestal was the editor of the Ruidoso News in Ruidoso, N.M. The resort town that hosts a ski area is located in the midst of Lincoln County, which has strong farming and ranching roots.

Vestal's journalism experience also includes reporting positions at the Taos News in Taos, N.M. and the Las Cruces Sun-News in Las Cruces, N.M. At those newspapers, he reported on a variety of topics ranging from municipal and county government, crime and courts, to business and education.

As editor, Vestal will oversee the daily operation of the editorial department and will be responsible for the news content of the publication.

Vestal said his top priority as editor of the Craig Daily Press is to ensure the publication accurately reflects the communities it serves.

"The newspaper can play various roles within the community," Vestal said. "It must hold governmental agencies and officials accountable in how they perform their duties. It must show what the people in its community are doing what entertains them, who do they look up to, what are their struggles, and how do they overcome those challenges."

Vestal said he feels it is also important for the newspaper to act as a mouthpiece for its community and allow the opinions of its readers to be expressed.

"We want to welcome letters to the editor and participation on our Web site forum so that these opinions and thoughts can be shared," Vestal said.

The editor said he wants to hear from readers as far as story ideas and criticisms negative or positive regarding the newspaper.

"It is crucial for a newspaper to maintain an open line of communication between itself and its readers," Vestal said. "Once that communication fails or is ignored, the newspaper has failed in its duty to its community."

Vestal's goal as editor is to emphasize through stories and photographs the paper's mission to accurately reflect the community.

Vestal will bring a culmination of professional experience in a leadership role as well as experience as a beat reporter to the newsroom.

"I am thrilled to have Terrance's talent in our newsroom," Craig Daily Press general manager Samantha Johnston said. "He has made great contributions to our product in the short time he served as interim editor, and his desire to produce a quality daily news product is reflected in his work."

"Terrance has great visions for this newspaper, and I look forward to consistently improving the quality of the news we report."

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