Vail Daily publisher resigning for Colorado Springs job |

Vail Daily publisher resigning for Colorado Springs job

VAIL, Colo. ” Vail Daily Publisher Steve Pope Monday announced he is resigning to accept a job as publisher of the Colorado Springs Gazette and vice president of operations for the central region of Freedom Communications, the newspaper’s parent company. The Gazette is the third-largest newspaper in the state.

Pope’s last day will be Jan. 2.

“It’s a great opportunity for me,” Pope said. “It gives me the chance to be the publisher at a relatively large newspaper, and it keeps me in Colorado.”

Pope was hired in 2000 as publisher of the Vail Daily. Over the course of more than 40 years in the newspaper business, he has worked for Gannett, Knight Ridder and Media News Group. Before coming to Vail, Pope was publisher and general manager for a newspaper group in Michigan and ran his own newspaper and Internet consulting company.

Since 2005, he has also been general manager of Colorado Mountain News Media, a group of newspapers that includes The Aspen Times.

“Steve and I worked together for six years, and it was a tremendous learning experience for me,” Vail Daily Editor Don Rogers said. “Steve’s method is to give you a goal, and then depending on you to get there, and giving you the freedom to get there. It’s something I’ve consciously tried to do with the news staff.”

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