Pilot & Today details staff changes
Steamboat Springs — Brandon Swank has been named news editor for the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
Swank, 24, is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He joined the Pilot & Today in August 2000 as a copy editor.
Swank replaces Terrance Vestal, who has been named editor of the Craig Daily Press in Craig.
In his new role, Swank will oversee the newspaper’s copy desk staff and be responsible for layout, design and editing of the Sunday Pilot & Today.
“Brandon has demonstrated that he has a keen eye for detail, editing and page design,” Editor Scott Stanford said. “In a short time at the newspaper, he has demonstrated he is ready to lead the Pilot & Today copy desk.”
Swank will lead a young staff that includes two recent hires Jeff Swanson and Melissa Hoppert. Swanson comes to the Pilot & Today from the Craig Daily Press where he was an editor and reporter.
Swanson worked as an outdoors writer for the Quad City Times in Iowa before coming to Craig.
Hoppert is a 2001 graduate of Ohio State University where she served as the sports editor for the university newspaper.
In addition to the copy editing hires, Stanford announced a restructuring of coverage assignments among the reporting staff, including one new hire.
The changes in the newsroom include:
Tom Ross has assumed responsibility for the Pilot & Today’s Sunday Outdoors section. Ross will continue to cover business and write a weekly column. Contact him at 871-4210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Crowl, who has been with the Pilot & Today since September 1999, is now responsible for arts and entertainment, including the newspaper’s 4-Points section. He can be reached at 871-4204 or email@example.com.
Christine Metz, who joined the staff in August 2001 as a sports reporter, has taken over coverage of city government, replacing Avi Salzman, who left the staff to continue his newspaper career nearer his hometown of New York. In her new role, Metz will also cover real estate. She can be reached at 871-4229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melinda Mawdsley, a December graduate of the University of Iowa, has joined the staff as a sports reporter. She can be reached at 871-4208 or email@example.com.
Jamie Hallman now covers education and handles Happenings and obituaries. She can be reached at 871-4234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other staff members and their specific coverage responsibilities include:
David Taylor, art, design and graphics director. He can be reached at 871-4211 or email@example.com
John Russell, sports editor and photography. He can be reached at 871-4209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danie Harrelson, South Routt and Hayden. She can be reached at 871-4203 or email@example.com.
Gary Salazar, county government, criminal and civil courts and law enforcement. He can be reached at 871-4205 or
And Tyler Arroyo, photography. Reach him at 871-4201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The changes in our staff assignments reflect our desire to provide the most complete local news coverage we can,” Stanford said.
“One way to provide that coverage is to make sure the community understands who the proper people are to contact on specific issues and topics.”
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