Aspen shakeup: Rick Carroll leaves Daily News for Times
ASPEN, Colo. The Aspen media world got a jolt Monday when The Aspen Times announced it has hired Rick Carroll as its new managing editor.Carroll will leave the Aspen Daily News, where he has worked for a decade, and start Jan. 22 at The Aspen Times. The hiring came after an exhaustive search process. “I can’t wait to have Rick here,” said Aspen Times Editor Bob Ward. “He’s a nice guy and a solid journalist.” Carroll takes the place of current managing editor Allyn Harvey, who will stay on until the end of January. Harvey has worked at The Aspen Times as a reporter and editor since October 1998.”Rick will be dealing with the melding of the two ideologies of the papers,” Harvey said. “That will be a challenge for him.””I look at it as a move up,” Carroll said, of the switch from the Daily News.Carroll said that while the Times often has more breadth and depth than the Daily News, he always focused on scooping the Times on the front page. He said he would like to bring some of that urgency to The Aspen Times.”I want to challenge people,” Carroll said. “My whole thing is, don’t give up on a story until you know it’s not there.” Aspen Times Publisher Jenna Weatherred said the choice was difficult because there were so many good applicants. She said Carroll surprised her with his thoughtfulness and further that the clips he sent in were stories Weatherred said made her angry the Times had missed. “He didn’t need to tell us how great he was to impress us,” Weatherred said.Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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