After five years at the helm of the Williamson County Sun, Ben Trollinger took over as managing editor of the Summit Daily News last week, after former editor Alex Miller departed for a job on the Front Range.
Trollinger, formerly of Georgetown, Texas, is a 10-year veteran of the newspaper business, with past experience as an editor, as well as a reporter covering crime, environment, business and politics.
He said he's approaching his new role with an eye to the community, but without any immediate plans for big changes to the newspaper.
"The Summit Daily definitely seems to have a vital role in the community," Trollinger said. "For me to come in and start changing everything would be a big mistake. What I'm looking to do is to learn the community, learn the paper and work with everyone at the Daily to evolve it in a way we are excited about."
Trollinger is temporarily residing in Vail, but plans to move to Silverthorne by the end of the month.
Coming from a community of 50,000 and with a background in local news reporting, he said he plans to take an active approach to getting to know Summit County as he settles into his new position.
"There are certain similarities that all communities have," Trollinger said, "but the trick for me is learning what makes this one stand apart, what makes it unique. That's going to be a learning curve for me, but it's exciting at the same time."
Trollinger grew up in Dallas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English in 2002.
He grew up visiting Colorado during summer vacations with his family.
"I've had a lifelong affection for the place," Trollinger said. "It's always been kind of a goal that I wanted to move here one day."
After college, he took a position as a reporter for a twice-weekly newspaper in a community north of Austin. He would later settle at the Sun, a family-owned weekly with a circulation of 10,000.
His wife of 10 years, Brenda, and two children, ages 5 and 22 months, will join him in Summit County before the end of the year.
Miller, who was the SDN managing editor for four years after moving over from the Vail Daily, stepped down from the position in late August.