New reporter arrives in time to enjoy white Christmas |

New reporter arrives in time to enjoy white Christmas

Craig Press staff report
Clay Thorp
Sasha Nelson/staff

CRAIG — The Craig Press is pleased to announce the addition of Clay Thorp to its award-winning news team, effective Thursday, Jan. 3.

Thorp is already settling into the role of government and energy reporter after moving to Craig from Texas just in time to celebrate a white Christmas.

He brings to the job lessons learned while completing a bachelor of arts degree in communications at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and experience gained working at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News Austin Bureau, The Examiner, and The Killeen Daily Herald.

Most recently, he worked at the The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung as a news editor until August 2017, when he took a break from journalism.

“We feel very fortunate to have Clay join the Craig Press news team,” said Editor Jim Patterson. “His experience and credentials are impressive, but even more important, he brings to the position a rare passion for seeking out and writing compelling news stories and finding the story within the story. We look forward to seeing the new insights he’ll bring to the government/energy/crime beats.”

Thorp has earned multiple awards, including accolades for breaking news, investigative report of the year, newspaper of the year, and community service awards from the Texas Associated Press, in addition to numerous awards from the Southeast Texas Press Club.

“We are very excited to have Clay on the Craig Press team. Clay has not only won awards for his reporting and editing, but he has also been recognized for service to the communities where he has lived. We know his commitment to journalism and service will provide readers with the strong coverage they have come to expect from our publications,” added Craig Press Publisher Renee Campbell.

One of the accomplishments for which he is most proud is earning the rank of Eagle Scout in 2000 from the Boy Scouts of America. He’s excited to test his skills while adventuring in Northwest Colorado with his family.

“Clay moved to Craig with his wife and their extended family. We are so excited to have them as part of our community,” Campbell said.

Thorp most recently lived in Texas, but was born in Alaska. He and his family were excited to arrive in Craig just in time to celebrate a white Christmas. He enjoys swimming, biking, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife, Lauren.

“I’m very lucky to join the talented and dedicated news team at the Craig Press,” Thorp said. “I can only hope to live up to their legacy of service to readers in Craig and across the Yampa Valley.”

Thorp can be reached at or 970-875-1795.

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