Andy Stone leaving news group
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” One of the most recognizable faces of The Aspen Times is stepping down.
Andy Stone, who has worked on and off at the newspaper since 1974, is exiting his job as editorial consultant for the newspapers of Colorado Mountain News Media (CMNM), which operates the Times and a host of other mountain-town publications in Colorado. Stone said he will continue to write his weekly column for the Times.
“I’m leaving because I’ve been doing this for so damn long that I can’t remember when I did anything else ” and that means it’s high time for me to try something new,” Stone, 63, said in an e-mail.
Stone’s career at the Times began in 1974 as a reporter, before he took a hiatus in 1977 to write the novel “Song of Kingdom,” published by Doubleday in 1979. He returned to Aspen the same year, before moving to Spain in 1985.
In 1991 he came back to the paper as night editor, then subsequently became editor of the daily newspaper before taking the executive editor post. He became editor and co-publisher when editor/publisher Loren Jenkins left the Times in 1995.
When the Times was acquired by Reno, Nev.-based Swift Communications (the owner of CMNM) in 1999, he continued various upper-management roles at The Aspen Times until 2002, when he became editorial director of CMNM. His duties included working with reporters and editors on issues affecting content of the newspapers. A New York state transplant, Stone said his departure from CMNM is amicable, and he’s simply ready to move on to his writing career.
“I want to do more of my own writing without worrying about the constraints of fairness and accuracy ” and anyone who thinks those concerns haven’t had any effect on me in the past should just sit back and see what comes next,” he said. “Of course, I do plan to continue my column for The Aspen Times for as long as the editors will continue to put up with me.”
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