The Aspen Times has named local journalist Andrew Travers as its new arts and entertainment editor.
A graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, Travers was most recently special sections/arts and entertainment editor for the Aspen Daily News, where he started work in 2007 as a reporter. Prior to that, Travers worked as a researcher for historian Douglas Brinkley — first at the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans and then at the Roosevelt Center for American Civilization at Tulane — on books such as the Hurricane Katrina chronicle, “The Great Deluge,” and editing Jack Kerouac’s journals.
“Andrew is an outstanding writer with a proven track record of covering the Aspen arts scene,” Aspen Times Weekly editor Jeanne McGovern said. “It is a bittersweet moment at the Times, but we are eager to begin this new chapter with Andrew on our team as arts and entertainment editor.”
Travers takes over the job held for some two decades by Stewart Oksenhorn, who died Feb. 2.
“I’d much rather Stewart was still here and I was still across town in friendly rivalry with him on the arts beat. But I’m also honored and excited to pick up the torch and continue the Times’ tradition of thoughtful, accessible and all-encompassing arts coverage.” the 33-year-old Travers said. “With the bounty of cultural happenings in Aspen, I think it’s the best job in journalism.”
Travers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org