Steamboat Pilot & Today editor named Colorado Press Association president |

Steamboat Pilot & Today editor named Colorado Press Association president

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Pilot & Today Editor Lisa Schlichtman has taken the helm of a Colorado organization that advocates for the state's newspapers.

Schlichtman was introduced as the Colorado Press Association board president during the organization's annual convention held over the weekend in Colorado Springs. The group represented 172 newspapers in 2017.

Lisa Schlichtman

"Newspapers exist to inform and educate citizens about what's occurring in their local communities, and on our best days, the stories we tell ignite change and spark public debate," Schlichtman said to a room of about 250 journalists from throughout the state.

Jerry Raehal, who serves as the CEO of Colorado Press Association, said Schlichtman has shown great passion for the industry while serving as a board member.

"Before she even started her tenure as president, she began working on ways to ensure we're meeting all of our members needs as the industry keeps changing," Raehal said. "I look forward to her time as president."

Schlichtman helped kick off Colorado Journalism Week, an initiative launched by the Colorado Press Association that is meant to spark conversation in the communities about the value of newspapers and journalism.

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"What we do matters — news matters — journalism matters," Schlichtman said. "And the question I find myself asking, is this: If not for local journalists, who would be writing these stories?"

During the Colorado Press Association, Gov. John Hickenlooper read a proclamation declaring this week as Colorado Journalism Week.

Schlichtman was hired as the Steamboat Pilot & Today editor in July 2013.

Before coming to Steamboat, Schlichtman and her husband, Mike Schlichtman, owned and operated newspapers and magazines in Missouri.

Lisa Schlichtman received her journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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