Denver Business Journal Editor-in-Chief Neil Westergaard retires
Neil Westergaard, editor-in-chief of the Denver Business Journal for 18 years, retired earlier this year.
Westergaard has been a Colorado newspaperman for four decades. He served for 15 years at The Denver Post as an editor and reporter, rising to executive editor of the Denver daily paper in the early 1990s. He previously worked for newspapers in Colorado Springs and Greeley.
Westergaard is one of the longest-serving editors with American City Business Journals, the DBJ's parent company, out of its 40 print-and-digital markets nationwide.
CMNM General Manager Jim Morgan to retire
Jim Morgan will retire as general manager of Colorado Mountain News Media March 31. CMNM is the largest operating unit of Swift Communications with newspaper and magazine operations in many of America’s best-known ski resort communities. In his four-decade career Morgan has edited and published newspapers in six states and prior to joining Swift in 2003 had been a long-time group executive and publisher with Boone Newspapers.
Denver Post Publisher Mac Tully steps down
Mac Tully, publisher and CEO of The Denver Post, announced Jan. 16 that he would be leaving the newspaper at the end of the month. Tully, who has led The Post for the past four years, is also executive vice president of Digital First Media. He explained his departure to Post staff in a letter, saying he is not ready to retire, but “after 40 years in the industry, I’m ready for something a little less stressful.”
Tully made note of a few of the accomplishments at The Post during his tenure, including launching The Cannabist, The Know, and Insights Lab saying, “We’ve tried a lot of different, cutting-edge things over the past few years in an effort to grow/diversify our audience and revenues.”
He also addressed revenue, noting: “I’m proud to say that we’re now directly on a path where our fast-growing digital advertising revenues will surpass our challenged print legacy advertising revenues. That significant accomplishment will go a long way toward stabilizing our company. I’m proud of the transition we have undergone from print-centric to a platform-agnostic media company.” Tully called achieving “our long-sought strategic goal crossover” probably the most significant accomplishment in 2018.
The announcement of Tully’s leaving came one day after The Post began an online subscription model, or paywall, replacing free content available online, and amid the newspaper’s planned office changes with the bulk of its operations moving from its familiar downtown location to its printing facility some distance north in Adams County.
Coloradoan Publisher Jack-Romero has new sales territory
Kathy Jack-Romero, president and publisher of the Coloradoan in Fort Collins, has been named communities vice president for the USA TODAY Network, the newspaper’s parent company. The new leadership position for Jack-Romero calls for her to “oversee service of local advertising accounts across 50 community news organizations operating within the network,” reported News Director Eric Larsen on the Coloradoan’s website.
Said Jack-Romero: “It’s an exciting time for our organization. Our portfolio of solutions for clients is vast. I love working with teams that care deeply about their clients and want to make their cash registers ring.” Jack-Romero has been president of the Coloradoan since 2013 and a regional president for six USA TODAY Network sites since February 2016. She began working at the Coloradoan in 2005. The Coloradoan is one of more than 100 news organizations in the USA TODAY Network.
Jack-Romero has 30 years of advertising leadership experience with media company Gannett, including leading teams for the Coloradoan, the Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), St. Cloud (Minn.) Times, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune and The Baxter (Ark.) Bulletin. She notes she was responsible for “strategic planning, change management, disruptive innovation, development of staff, budgeting and results focus.”
Jacobson heads Greeley Chamber board, joins leadership program
Bryce Jacobson, publisher at The Tribune in Greeley, has two new positions. In December, he was named chairman of the board of directors for the Greeley Chamber of Commerce/Visit Greeley. Also in December, Jacobson was one of 33 “current and emerging leaders” chosen for the 2018 Leadership Northern Colorado program, representing Swift Communications, The Tribune’s parent company.
Jacobson served on the executive board of the chamber from January 2016 to December. The board “develops and oversees the implementation of the chamber’s Strategic Plan.” It meets monthly to review progress and make recommendations for future programs. It also receives presentations about “community initiatives and determines the chamber position on ballot issues.”
Leadership Northern Colorado is a joint initiative of the chambers of commerce in Greeley, Fort Collins and Loveland, the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the Community Foundation. The project in Greeley and Weld County “is designed to build human capacity and to identify, define and address the issues facing Northern Colorado.” The first all-day session for this eighth class of participants was scheduled for Jan. 23. The six-month interactive development program, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, will focus on regional issues, regionalism and regional leadership skills.
Times-Call answers community’s call by expanding staff
The Times-Call in Longmont says it has added two reporters to its staff, noting, “Readers, we hear you.” In a Jan. 7 post Managing Editor John Vahlenkamp said, “Out in the community, on social media, even in this newspaper, you’ve been telling us you want more Longmont news.” That resulted in the addition of Lucas High as a business reporter and Sam Lounsberry as a general assignment reporter.
High comes from South Carolina, where he covered local government/growth and development for The Island Packet in Bluffton. Prior to that, he reported on city and county government, as well as breaking news and features, for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle in Cheyenne for two years. He earned a bachelor of science at Towson University near Baltimore in business administration and management, and a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Maryland College Park.
Lounsberry came to the Times-Call from its sister newspaper in Loveland, the Reporter-Herald. He studied journalism and media communication at Colorado State University and has worked as a breaking news/police and crime reporter at the Reporter-Herald since January 2017. Prior to that, he was a sports reporter and photographer for The Rocky Mountain Collegian at CSU, and an intern, then sports and staff writer at the Loveland daily.
Commenting on the staff expansion, Vahlenkamp added: “This era of shrinking newsroom staffs has not been easy on any newspaper, particularly the Times-Call. But that has not diminished the desire of our dedicated staff to work hard every day to deliver news to the community where most of us live, or of our management to give our readers a product worth what they’re paying for it.”
Moorhead retires after 18 years at Chaffee County Times
Office Manager Judie Moorhead retired Dec. 28 after 18 years at the Chaffee County Times. Office assistant Bernie White took over for her. Moorhead told Times reporter Max R. Smith she has had “lots of jobs, but this one was the longest and the best.” In that time, she worked with three editors, three ad managers, six reporters and a number of other front office staff.
Moorhead grew up in Canon City, then lived in places such as Florida and Hawaii with her twin sister Jackie before settling down in Buena Vista. In Florida, she did secretarial work, in Fort Collins she worked at a probation office, and in Breckenridge she worked in ski shops. When she landed in Buena Vista, she was soon hired as an office assistant by then-Editor Michael Bullock at the Times. Moorhead had begun drawing in high school and attended the Rocky Mountain School of Art in Denver, but had never drawn professionally. Once the Times recognized her talent, she became the newspaper’s cartoonist, expressing her opinions on local topics.
Her twin retired in the fall of 2017 and the two had always planned to retire together. Said Moorhead in Smith’s Dec. 21 article: “I’ve been working for 50 years. People can’t always retire. I can retire, so I’m going to go for it. Retirement is going to open up a whole new world for us: fishing, painting, working on the house, time to spend with Jackie’s grandchildren.”
Before leaving the newspaper for good, there was a going-away party, complete with a cake baked by White. Said Moorhead, “I’ll miss the people, the customers, but mostly the staff members.”
North Denver Tribune closes its doors
The North Denver Tribune closed its doors before the end of 2017. Its website noted the following: “First published in 1934, the North Denver Tribune is a partnership of residents, business and community leaders working together to make North Denver the best neighborhood in the city.”
Also billed as “A Reason To Read Since 1934,” the monthly newspaper was run by Publisher Cliff Bautsch, starting in 1986. The newspaper’s website lists staff that included Editor Basha Cohen and contributors Elisa Cohen, Laurie Dunklee, Ken Lutes, Alicia Nagla, Kelli Schermerhorn, Craig Williamson and J.S. Forker.
Since 2012, Elisa Cohen has worked as the Arts and Digital Media Teacher for Denver Public Schools out of Lake International School and its Technology/STEM Lab in the Denver metro area. Her LinkedIn page lists her as editor of The Tribune beginning in 1997, adding that she also did reporting, photography, design and production of print and web edition, advertising sales, and management of staff and freelancers.
The newspaper covered local business, politics, schools, theater, music, restaurants, breweries, events and more. In a Dec. 17 post by Williamson, he reported the newspaper had “published its last issue on Thursday, 12/14.”