Shrull new Post Independent managing editor
A Garfield County native and former area journalist is returning to Glenwood Springs as the new managing editor of the Post Independent.
Dale Shrull, who is currently the managing editor for the Montrose Daily Press, recently accepted the job with the Post Independent and will begin work in Glenwood Springs Aug. 1.
Publisher Michael Bennett said he was excited to be able to lure Shrull back to the area.
“Dale is a native of Garfield County; he has a history here,” Bennett said. “We share a vision to produce a great Garfield County newspaper.”
Shrull last worked for Colorado Mountain News Media, which owns the Post Independent, in 2003 when he was general manager and editor for the Rifle Citizen Telegram. He was at the newspaper for more than two years before taking the Montrose job in October 2003.
Shrull said he’s looking forward to returning to the area,
“The Post Independent is where I want to be,” Shrull said. “The region and the challenges that comes with directing the news content of the newspaper were too strong to turn down.
“I’m looking forward to being part of a staff and a newspaper that has great talent and potential,” he added.
Shrull came to work at the Glenwood Post as a news reporter in 1996. He later took over as sports editor and also worked as the newspaper’s Sunday editor before the November 2000 corporate sale between Swift Newspapers Inc., of Reno, Nev., and Morris Communications, of Augusta, Ga. After Swift purchased Morris’ Western Slope holdings, the operations of the Glenwood Independent and Glenwood Post were combined.
Working at a smaller newspaper is what appeals to Shrull.
“Community journalism is where my passion lies,” Shrull said. “I grew up reading about my friends, neighbors and even my enemies in my hometown paper. The community’s hometown newspaper should touch as many lives as possible.”
He wants to produce a newspaper that everyone wants to read.
“A newspaper is a reflection of the community, and every time we hit the streets I want people to turn to the Post Independent for their news, their sports, the information they need, and the stories about the people from this special county.”
Shrull, who was born and raised in New Castle, said that the desire to “come home again” was a powerful lure.
“I’m sure that most people who live here will agree, this is an amazing place to call home. The region has many challenges but its appeal is undeniable, and I’m looking very forward to bringing the best possible newspaper product to the people who call Garfield County home,” he said.
Shrull graduated from Rifle High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1991 ” at the age of 31.
Shrull said that he decided to return to college after working a variety of jobs in the region, including coal mining, construction, garbage collecting, truck driving and cooking.
During his journalism career, Shrull has earned a number of writing and reporting awards at the state, regional and national levels.
In 1999, Shrull penned a book on the early history of New Castle.
Shrull will take over for Thomas Martinez, who is moving back to the Front Range. Martinez’s last day will be Thursday. CMNM regional editor Andy Stone will fill in as editor until Shrull starts.
After Aug. 1, Shrull can be contacted at 945-8515, ext. 517, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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