Vail Daily publisher leaving company |

Vail Daily publisher leaving company

VAIL, Colorado ” Vail Daily Publisher Steve Pope Monday announced he is resigning to accept a job as publisher of the Colorado Springs Gazette and vice president of operations for the central region of Freedom Communications, the newspaper’s parent company. The Gazette is the third-largest newspaper in the state.

Pope’s last day will be Jan. 2.

Pope is also the general manager of Colorado Mountain News Media, a group that includes the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

“It’s a great opportunity for me,” Pope said. “It gives me the chance to be the publisher at a relatively large newspaper, and it keeps me in Colorado.”

Pope was hired in 2000 as publisher of the Vail Daily. He returned to the Vail publisher job on Dec. 3 replacing Steve Gall. Gall took the Vail Daily publisher’s job in May 2006. He stepped down citing a desire to pursue other opportunities.

When Pope returned to the Daily he held the dual role of publisher and CMNM general manager.

“The paper’s community involvement really took a step forward with Steve,” said former Vail Daily Publisher Bob Brown, now the president of Swift Communications, Colorado Mountain News Media’s parent company.

Brown said Swift management hasn’t yet decided how to fill the Vail Daily’s publisher’s job, but he isn’t worried about either that or the future of the paper.

“We’re really fortunate because we’ve got a lot of great people in the company,” Brown said. “We have a wealth of quality individuals to be the Vail Daily publisher and the general manager of Colorado Mountain News Media.”

Colorado Mountain News Media has daily papers in Grand County, Summit County, Vail, Glenwood Springs, Aspen and Grand Junction, as well as several weeklies in the region.

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