New editor joins Daily Press staff

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By the Daily Press staff

Andy Smith, a veteran journalist who has worked as a reporter or editor for six newspapers in four states, has joined the staff at the Craig Daily Press as editor.

Smith succeeds Terance Vestal as manager of newsroom operations.

"I am pleased to have Andy on board. When we set out in search of a new editor, it was important to find a candidate who not only possessed the skills and experience to do the job, but who could make a commitment to Moffat County," publisher Samantha Johnston said. "Andy is that person."

Smith arrived last week from Merrillville, Ind., where he spent five years as communications director for a national workplace training program.

Before that, Smith spent eight years reporting and editing for newspapers in Houston, Fayetteville, N.C., Anderson, S.C., San Angelo, Texas, Conroe, Texas and Espanola, N.M.

Smith, who grew up in New Mexico, graduated with a degree in journalism from New Mexico State University in 1991.

"After spending most of my adult professional life in the South and the Midwest, it's great to be back out West," Smith said. "Craig looks like a great place to raise a family and I can't wait to discover all of the treasures the community has to offer."

Smith and his wife, Laura, have two sons, ages 5 and 3.

"Andy brings a level of professionalism and knowledge to this position that will take the Craig Daily Press to the next level," Johnston said. "We are fortunate to have such a dynamic, experienced leader in our organization."

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