Jerry Raehal, an experienced journalist and Colorado native, is the new editor of the Craig Daily Press.
Raehal, who begins work today, succeeds Michelle Perry, who will continue in another editorial position at the Daily Press.
Raehal previously was editor and general manager of the Mollala Pioneer in Mollala, Ore. Before working at the Pioneer, Raehal was the sports editor of the Rawlins Daily Times in Rawlins, Wyo.
Raehal was born and raised in Greeley. He graduated in 2000 from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, with an emphasis in news and editorial.
Raehal will oversee the daily operation of the editorial department and will be responsible for the news content of the publication.
Raehal said his first priority will be to become more familiar with the community.
He also said he will work to ensure that the Daily Press is the authoritative news source for residents in Moffat County.
"The most important thing in newspapers is integrity," he said. "I will work my hardest to maintain the integrity of the Daily Press. Newspapers are only as strong as their weakest link. At first, I will be the weakest link, but I will work my hardest to make sure that there will be no weak links at this paper."
Bryce Jacobson, publisher of the Daily Press, said Raehal brings a strong news background to the newspaper.
"I am excited to have someone of Jerry's talent in our newsroom," Jacobson said. "His desire to produce the highest quality newspaper is evident in his previous work. Jerry has great vision for our product, and I look forward to working with Jerry to bring the community the most up-to-date and accurate news."
Perry, who has worked for the Daily Press since October 2004, is taking on a new role as special sections editor and education reporter.
"As editor, I really missed being out in the community and interacting with our community, which is why I got into journalism in the first place," Perry said. "I am excited to dedicate more of my time to writing stories and shooting photographs, as well as continuing to improve upon the many special publications we produce each year."
Jacobson said he is excited to keep Perry on staff and to focus her attention on the company's niche products.
"With Michelle and Jerry working together, I am confident we will be able to continue bringing this community a quality newspaper," Jacobson said. "I am looking forward to working with both Michelle and Jerry, and continuing to serve our community well."