Rick Carroll to be new Times editor
January 9, 2007
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” The Aspen media world got a jolt Monday when The Aspen Times announced it has hired Rick Carroll as its new managing editor.
Carroll will leave the Aspen Daily News, where he has worked for a decade, and start Jan. 22 at The Aspen Times. The hiring came after an exhaustive search process.
“I can’t wait to have Rick here,” said Aspen Times Editor Bob Ward. “He’s a nice guy and a solid journalist.”
Carroll takes the place of current managing editor Allyn Harvey, who will stay on until the end of January. Harvey has worked at The Aspen Times as a reporter and editor since October 1998.
“Rick will be dealing with the melding of the two ideologies of the papers,” Harvey said. “That will be a challenge for him. But I hope he kicks the Daily News’ ass ” and you can quote me on that.” Aspen Times Publisher Jenna Weatherred said Carroll will have some big shoes to fill in replacing Harvey.
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Carroll grew up in Shreveport, La., and earned a bachelor of arts in English at Centenary College in Louisiana. His first job was as a sportswriter for the Shreveport Times. Carroll worked at the Dallas Business Journal in Texas before starting at the Aspen Daily News as a reporter in March 1997. He later became assistant editor and eventually took the helm.
“I look at it as a move up,” Carroll said, of the switch from the Daily News.
Carroll said that while the Times often has more breadth and depth than the Daily News, he always focused on scooping the Times on the front page. He said he would like to bring some of that urgency to The Aspen Times.
“I want to challenge people,” Carroll said. “My whole thing is, don’t give up on a story until you know it’s not there.”
Weatherred said the choice was difficult because there were so many good applicants. She said Carroll surprised her with his thoughtfulness and noted that the newspaper clippings he sent in were of stories the Times had missed.
“He didn’t need to tell us how great he was to impress us,” Weatherred said.
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