Noelle Leavitt Riley: My door is always open

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Craig Daily Press Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley

I’ve been in Craig for one week now, and I’ve learned more about the community than I expected I would in such a short time period. And I’m thrilled to be here.

Last Saturday, I attended the Moffat County High School graduation ceremony, where — for the first time in a long time — I felt a real sense of community.

On Sunday, I attended the Grand Olde West Days events at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, and on Monday, I covered the Memorial Day service at Craig Cemetery.

I couldn’t have moved up here at a better time, as last weekend’s festivities gave me an up-close and personal experience of how the community operates. I’m impressed.

After living in the Denver metro area for the past 13 years, I’ve not really been part of such a tight-knit community. Ultimately, I’m very happy to be here, and I look forward to getting to know you as I continue my editorship at the newspaper.

My husband moved me up here from Denver last Wednesday. He’ll join me full-time in July, and we look forward to growing together as newlyweds in the city of Craig. We celebrate our one-year anniversary June 16.

My previous work experience includes working at the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post, Evergreen Newspapers and the Denver Business Journal.

I look forward to taking what I’ve learned throughout the years at various publications and applying it to the Craig Daily Press.

Now that I’ve outlined my personal and professional attributes, I’d like to talk about what kind of managing editor I’m going to be.

I’m going to be forthright, honest and hardworking. If any of you have a concern, complaint or a compliment about the paper, its reporting and/or coverage, I ask that you call me at 970-875-1790 or stop by the Craig Daily Press to chat with me.

No matter how busy I am, I will always stop what I’m doing to talk to you. In other words, my door is always open.

We currently have two dynamite reporters, Nate Waggenspack who covers sports and Andie Tessler, also new to Craig, who covers education and health care.

Reporter Joe Moylan left last Friday to become the full-time reporter at Summit Daily News. He will be missed, and I’m disappointed that I didn’t have an opportunity to work with him.

We’re in the process of filling Moylan’s government beat position, and until we find the right fit, I will be covering Craig City Council and the Moffat County Commission.

So if you see me out in the community, please stop and introduce yourself to me. I look forward to creating a great working relationship with the constituents of Craig and Moffat County.

I know how important a community newspaper is to residents, and I’m excited to help the newspaper grow and continue being the primary source of news and information for the area.

Noelle Leavitt Riley can be reached at 970-875-1790 or nriley@craigdailypress.com.

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