Amy Gillentine, publisher of Sixty35 Media, a nonprofit media news group in Colorado Springs, will step down from her post on Feb. 6.
Gillentine is the former publisher of the Colorado Springs Independent alternative newspaper and the Colorado Springs Business Journal.
An excerpt from the announcement on Gazette.com reads:
Gillentine had been publisher and executive editor of the nearly 30-year-old Colorado Publishing House when it shut down last fall and became reborn under a nonprofit model and the name Sixty35 Media.
She led the re-created company through the changeover, which included shuttering its separate publications — the Independent, the Colorado Springs Business Journal, the Southeast Express, the Pikes Peak Bulletin, two military newspapers, legal announcements — and merging the content into one news magazine called Sixty35.
“I did what I set out to do, which was to create something sustainable, as the new publication has taken off and shows every sign of being successful,” Gillentine said.
Gillentine’s departure “does not deter us from continuing to pursue our new mission,” said Ahriana Platten, Sixty35 Media board president.
“We applaud Amy for all she has done through the years, but especially her tireless efforts in helping create Sixty35 Media and a promising new product with a fresh online presence,” Platten said in announcing Gillentine’s resignation.
The board selected Platten and Ralph Routon, former executive editor of the Independent, Business Journal and Pikes Peak Bulletin, to serve as interim co-publishers, while a national search gets underway for Gillentine’s replacement.
Gillentine has been a local journalist for 17 years, beginning in 2005 as a reporter with the Colorado Springs Business Journal. She stayed with the publication after Colorado Publishing House acquired it in 2012, moving up to editor of the Business Journal in 2015, executive editor in 2017 and publisher in 2018.
In 2019, she also became publisher of the Independent.