Glendenning named executive editor of The Aspen Times
November 6, 2014
Lauren Glendenning has been named executive editor of The Aspen Times, Publisher Samantha Johnston announced Wednesday.
Glendenning, 33, has been serving as the newspaper's interim editor for the past month as part of a recent, yet continuing, restructuring of the Times' editorial department. She is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Most recently, Glendenning served nearly two years as editorial projects manager for Colorado Mountain News Media, which owns and operates The Aspen Times. Previous to that role, she held the positions of reporter and assistant managing editor for the Vail Daily, which also is a CMNM property.
"The Aspen Times and the Aspen community is tremendously fortunate to be able to bring in an executive editor who not only has a pulse on the entire region but also a strong understanding of what makes mountain communities so unique," Johnston said.
As part of the changes, veteran editor Rick Carroll will reassume the role of managing editor, a position he previously held at the Times from January 2007 through mid-2013. Carroll's new duties, aside from coaching reporters, will involve management and execution of enterprise and investigative projects, reporting areas that Johnston described as a strong focus for The Aspen Times, the Aspen Times Weekly and the Snowmass Sun in 2015.
"The newspaper has a unique opportunity and responsibility to serve an audience that's highly educated and engaged in the lives of the people, events and organizations that shape Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley," Johnston said. "We're lucky to have such an audience, and so in looking at that and our content strategy for the coming year, we identified areas of focus that we could only meet by putting the right people in the right positions.
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"Rick Carroll is a familiar face not only in this community but at The Aspen Times. We really look forward to raising the bar on investigative reporting and enterprise journalism, which is something we could only do with this new structure."
In her role as executive editor, Glendenning will oversee all newsroom operations and is ultimately responsible for the development, execution and implementation of the editorial department's vision and strategy.
Glendenning is familiar with Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, having visited the area regularly over the past 20 years. She's an avid snowboarder and a fan of Matsuhisa Aspen restaurant and its Monday Night Football specials, and she is looking forward to calling the four ski mountains in the Aspen-Snowmass area her home mountains.
"Journalism is the only thing I've ever done," she said, adding that she helped create a newspaper in middle school and wrote for both her high school and college papers.
Johnston and Glendenning both said that with the editorial department's new leadership, readers can continue to expect insightful, engaging and thorough journalism befitting of such a unique community.
"I've already witnessed firsthand the passion in this community," Glendenning said. "People love their newspapers and are involved in what we do on a daily basis. It's exciting to be at the helm of that."
Johnston pointed out that The Aspen Times serves multiple audiences, including full-time, part-time and former residents as well as visitors.
"We are excited about the work that we'll do on multiple platforms and how we'll be able to connect people every single day to this community they are so passionate about — wherever they are in the world," she said.
Glendenning may be contacted via email at lglendenning@aspen times.com or by phone at 970-925-3414.