Helena Newspaper Editor Dave Shors Plans to Retire

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Dave Shors, editor of the Independent Record since 1999, will retire in mid-April after 36 years in journalism.

“I’ll miss the people — the connection to the people,” said Shors, adding that he plans to spend more time with his family. “It’s a real honor to be the editor of a newspaper.”

Shors, 61, started at the IR as a city reporter in summer 1971. He left to work for The Billings Gazette, another Lee Enter-prises newspaper, a few years later.

Under his leadership, the IR newsroom twice won the Lee President’s Award for Excellence in Journalism — the company’s highest honor. The awards recognized coverage of wildfires in 2000 that prompted evacuations around Canyon Ferry, and of the 2001 closure of Asarco and its effect on East Helena.

“As we moved from the lead press and became more electronic, we were able to move our resources into news gathering,” Shors said. “It has allowed us to create a better newspaper.”

Pat Schlauch, publisher of the IR, said the newspaper would begin searching for a new editor immediately.

“Dave has built a great newsroom team, and our next editor will be in a position to improve the team even more, along with our online newsroom content,” Schlauch said. “It’s hard to lose an employee like Dave Shors. His institutional knowledge of events and people in the Helena and Montana community is invaluable.”

Shors also contributed to or edited several books, including four involving Helena history and one on a legendary Montana fly fisherman.

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