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Brian Smith joins Daily Press staff as government reporter

Brian Smith

— Brian Smith has joined the Craig Daily Press as its government, courts and environment reporter. His first day was Wednesday.

He replaces Collin Smith, who recently moved to Los Angeles.

"Brian's personality, intelligence and dedication to community journ­­alism made him an ideal candidate for our newspaper," Daily Press editor Joshua Roberts said. "We're excited to welcome him to the news team and have him reporting on our community."

Brian Smith was born in Kansas City, Mo., and raised in Longmont, graduating from Skyline High School.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications with concentrations in print media and broadcasting in December from Mesa State College in Grand Junction.

Smith said he was pleased to find a position on the Western Slope, which he equates to a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Smith said he thinks Craig will be a good fit for him.

"There's a much greater sense of community over here," Smith said. "Reporting is my passion, and if it's on the Western Slope, it makes it even better."

Smith said his tastes suit Northwest Colorado, as he enjoys fishing, snowboarding, hiking and cycling. He also enjoys playing bass guitar and graphic design.

His background also prepared him for his position with the Daily Press.

Smith served as editor-in-chief of the Mesa State weekly newspaper, "The Criterion," and spent a summer interning at the Longmont Times-Call.

"I am most excited about getting to know the people who live here," Smith said.

"Everywhere I go, people are so anxious to meet you and find out what your story is."

And he'll be discovering their stories, as well.

To reach Brian, call 875-1794 or email him at briansmith@craigdailypress.com.