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New Citizen Telegram publisher a familiar name

Michael Bennett
Guest Column

After a ten-year absence, I have the good fortune of rejoining The Citizen Telegram and Glenwood Springs Post Independent as publisher. Ever the loyal employee, I reluctantly left my post to help out at the Grand Junction Free Press. It’s been a long road getting back with stops in Lake Tahoe, Asheville, N.C. and Niles, Mich.

This area ranks in my top three all time favorite places to live, and I’ve lived in 18 locations around the country. I have fond community memories here. Proudly, I was reserve champion of YouthZone’s Kiss-n-Squeal in 2004, raising better than $20,000, only to lose to the Alpine Bank candidate. Then there was the time Gary Miller had us push Rifle City Council to do a “strip tease” fundraiser at Rifle Rendezvous. I seem to remember Keith Lambert telling me he would if I would. I did get a cool tie-dyed union suit out of the deal.

As a publisher, you are only as good as your team and I feel fortunate to have inherited a very good and caring team. Many of the folks were here during my last go-round.

The Post Independent covers a wide area from Carbondale through Glenwood Springs and down to Rifle, while The Citizen Telegram covers Silt, Rifle, Parachute and Battlement Mesa. From my past experience, I remember many people in the CT area also read the PI, and they made it clear that they did not want to see the same stories in both publications. Still true?

Now in my second week, I am buried building a 2014 budget at the same time I’m suffering through learning new systems. I hope to have my head above water by November.

In the meantime, I would like to hear from you. What is it you like about your newspapers? What changes would you like to see? Drop me an e-mail at mbennett@postindependent.com. Look for coffee talk dates for November as I make my rounds around the county. And thanks for having me.

Michael Bennett is the publisher of The Citizen Telegram and Glenwood Springs Post Independent.


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