Bryce Jacobson, former Denver Newspaper Agency zone manager, has been named the publisher of the Craig Daily Press.
Monday was Jacobson's first day at the newspaper.
"The Craig Daily Press is a great small-town newspaper," he said. "There is opportunity for growth while continuing to provide local news and sports, as well as state and national stories -- all the news that matters to people."
Jacobson, 27, succeeds Samantha Johnston, who was promoted to regional advertising director for the Craig Daily Press, Steamboat Pilot & Today and Hayden Valley Press.
"Bryce is someone who understands how a big company should function, but loves the small-town atmosphere," Johnston said. "We were fortunate to be able to recruit somebody with exceptional business talent who doesn't want to live in the big city."
Jacobson moved to Craig from Pueblo, where he lived for more than two years. Before that, he spent two years as the circulation director for a Scottsbluff, Neb., newspaper.
"I wanted to get back to small-town living and away from bigger cities," he said. "Here, everyone knows your name, and people are friendly."
Jacobson's newspaper career began when he was old enough to work as a carrier in his hometown of Sterling.
He studied elementary education but decided to stay in the publishing business.
In Pueblo, Jacobson was in charge of the financial and operational audits of individual circulation distributorships, weekly and monthly budget and statistics reports and sales and customer service.
"His proven track record of teamwork, decision making and meeting goals is impressive, and I think that he will be an incredible asset to Craig and this newspaper," Johnston said.
Jacobson has been a Kiwanian, United Way board member, chamber of commerce ambassador and youth group leader for Trinity Lutheran Church in Sterling.
His first order of business is to meet key community members and learn about Craig and Moffat County and the issues that affect the area, he said.
Jacobson said he intends to continue maintain a high level of community involvement by joining community service organizations and taking advantage of volunteer opportunities through the school system.
Jacobson moved to Craig with his wife, Jamey, son, Peyton, 6, and daughter, Bayley, 2.
Outside of work, Jacobson spends much of his free time with his family. He and his son golf and watch professional football.
"I'm a huge Denver Broncos fan," he said.
Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or be e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.