The following excerpt was sent out from Editor & Publisher:
Ian Kirkwood has been named publisher of the Eastern Arizona Courier and the Copper Era in Safford, succeeding Belinda Mills.
Kirkwood, a 20-year veteran of the news industry, resides in St. David and is general manager of the Courier’s sister papers in Green Valley. He will join the staff on May 22.
“I’m excited to join the Eastern Arizona Courier/Copper Era team! I can’t wait to get involved with the community to continue the success of the newspapers,” Kirkwood said.
Francis Wick, CEO of the newspapers’ parent company Wick Communications, said Kirkwood will bring leadership experience and a first-hand understanding of rural communities to Graham and Greenlee counties.
“Ian’s background brings a variety of operational knowledge — from previously running the paper in Benson to understanding digital channels and small-town community engagement,” Wick said.
Kirkwood is looking forward to learning more about the Gila Valley and said he will rely on Mills’ insight during the transition.
“I believe local news is vital to the community and we play a very important role in keeping everyone in the know,” he said. “I’m sad to be leaving the Green Valley News team but we’re only a phone call away. I thank Dru for her leadership and all the knowledge she has shared with me.”