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Daily News losing Sackariason

Carolyn Sackariason, editor of the Aspen Daily News, confirmed on Friday that she is leaving to take a job heading up the Snowmass Sun weekly newspaper in Snowmass Village.

Sackariason has been at the Daily News for four years, which she conceded is a record for the paper – at least in recent years.

She said she has been named publisher of the Sun, replacing interim Publisher Warren Webster. She said she will remain at the Daily News until early October to help with the transition to a new editor there.

Asked why she wants to go to work for the Sun, which is owned by the Morris Communications newspaper chain, Sackariason said, “It’s an opportunity to learn the business side of newspaper work.”

Plus, she said, she came to Aspen after working in a “corporate” news environment for Odgen Newspapers, so she has no qualms about moving from a fiercely independent publication to a chain-owned paper.

Sackariason, 31, said she is looking forward to “getting her hands around” the Sun, but admitted she is sad to be leaving the News.

“That was my baby,” she said of her tenure at the Daily News, explaining that her greatest pleasure was in molding the paper to suit her tastes and style. She was a reporter with the Daily News before assuming the editor’s job two years ago.

Although Sackariason discussed her changing job status openly, the news apparently had not filtered down through the ranks of Morris Communications by Friday.

“I know that Morris has been undergoing a search for a permanent publisher,” said Webster from the Sun’s office on Friday. “I’ve been here on an interim basis, and I haven’t been told when my tenure is up.”

Sackariason’s departure comes at a time when the Daily News has recently lost several members of its editorial staff, including Sackariason’s sub-editor, James Burrus, who recently announced his resignation, and reporters Kevin Tripp and Chad King. Currently the senior reporter on staff is Rick Carroll, followed in seniority by Kathleen Carlson and recent addition Andrew Stiny.

Sackariason said she does not know who will replace her.

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