Summit Daily publisher: Finding home in the Colorado Rockies (column)
I moved to Colorado in 2003. I was 21, a recent college grad and I’d landed my first job in Steamboat Springs. I had never skied or hiked or lived anywhere outside of Nebraska. I didn’t know anyone in my new home, but I quickly fell in love with it. That’s easy to do in Steamboat.
I was working nights as a copy editor and page designer at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. I’d fill my days skiing the slopes of Mount Werner, exploring the trails of Emerald Mountain or braving the Yampa River in a tube. I was a Midwest girl who found home in the Rocky Mountains.
I spent 10 years in Steamboat. I grew up for the second time there. I learned the ins and outs of the newspaper industry from some of the best people in the business. I learned the best way to balance work and life is to love what you do. I made lifelong friends. I met my husband, Brent, and we welcomed our first daughter, Avery, in Steamboat.
In 2013, an opportunity came along that my family and I couldn’t pass up. Before we knew it, our bags were packed and we were heading toward Boise, Idaho. For three years, we explored another amazing city. We biked the Boise Greenbelt to the Saturday farmers markets, we watched college football games with Boise State’s trademark blue turf as a backdrop and we grew an abundant garden, complete with our own Idaho potatoes. It was in Idaho that we welcomed our second daughter, Brynn.
And while we enjoyed the professional and personal opportunities that Boise presented, Brent and I agree it always felt a little temporary. We knew we’d return to Colorado; it was just a matter of time. The lure of friends and family — not to mention the incredible quality of life, recreational opportunities and gorgeous vistas — was growing stronger by the week.
We’ve now lived in Summit County for nearly four months. It’s good to be home.
I’ve also found a home at the Summit Daily News and with Swift Communications. I don’t take my new role as publisher lightly, but my experience has led me here, and I’m ready.
I’m eager to learn more about each of the communities served by the Summit Daily. I’ve been out and about and met quite a few advertisers. I’m grateful for their business and to our readers who make advertising in the pages of our paper an effective means of marketing.
I’m eager to participate. This is my home, and I intend to be a part of making it the best place possible. That’s not entirely unselfish; I’m also eager to make friends, and I’ve found that’s often the best way.
I’m eager to hear from you. Please know that as we do our best to cover the news that matters most to you, it’s imperative that the dialogue goes both ways. Don’t hesitate to let us know how we’re doing. Send a letter to the editor. Facebook message us. Tweet at us. Email us. We’ve set up a new address — email@example.com — and we invite you to send us photos, videos, story ideas and feedback. We’ll share your contributions in the Summit Daily, on summitdaily.com and on social media.
Thank you for the warm welcome, Summit County, and thank you, Summit Daily, for bringing me home.
Meg Boyer is the publisher of the Summit Daily News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-668-4638.
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