I am pleased to say that I have news. In the midst of visiting my family in Texas and kibitzing with digital publishing types at our association digital conference, Boise Weekly's next editor-in-chief came to his senses and accepted the position.
You will recognize his name from our staff box in 2010, when he served a short stint as BW business editor, and as a contributing writer over the years. Zach Hagadone brings 10 years of professional journalism experience with him, and I believe he is the perfect man for the job.
He is a passionate journalist whose first brush with the industry came in the sixth grade, when he and some classmates started The Sagle Chronicle in 1992.
His first paying newspaper job was at the Bonner County Daily Bee as a high school senior. He studied politics, economics and history at College of Idaho and worked briefly with the Associated Press' Boise bureau before moving back to his hometown of Sandpoint to start The Sandpoint Reader with two college classmates. The Reader printed for seven years before it closed shop in 2012.
After getting married, he returned to Boise in 2007, working at Idaho Business Review and Boise Weekly before moving back to Sandpoint to close The Reader and have a baby--a third-generation native Sandpointian.
Zach knows Idaho, journalism excellence and the importance of our role as the independent voice in this great state that we all call home. He is an award-winning journalist who loves long-form, in-depth and investigative journalism.
Although Zach will be working from Sandpoint until relocating to Boise in June, he will assume the role as editorial leader and take over writing Note starting on Wednesday, Feb. 13. We welcome you, Zach. Now, get your ass to Boise.
The upcoming Chinese New Year, starting Sunday, Feb. 10, brings us the last mythical beast cover by Tim Andreae with the Year of the Snake. Tim has contributed the cover for this celebration for the last 12 years and has completed the cycle of the Chinese calendar, the cyclical dating method that assigns the five elements to 12 animals. We plan to continue the tradition, select a new artist and start the 12-year cycle again in 2014. If you would like to be considered for this project, email samples of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.