Otte Retiring as Colorado Press Association Chief

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By: E&P Staff

After a 42-year career in media, including 15 years leading Colorado’s newspaper trade group, Ed Otte is retiring.

Samantha Johnston will take over as the Colorado Press Association executive director on Sept 13. She is service excellence officer at The Memorial Hospital, in Craig. She earlier was regional ad director for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, Craig Daily Press and Hayden Valley Press. She also served as publisher, general manager and advertising manager for the Craig Daily Press.

As executive director of the Colorado Press Association, Otte fought for greater public access to government records, for effective open meetings laws, and for reasonably priced copies of public records. He said he was proudest of his freedom-of-information efforts – work that led to some of the toughest freedom-of-information laws in the nation, making it fairly easy in Colorado to gain access to information related to executive sessions and public meetings.

Otte also worked to defeat legislative measures that would end the requirement for publication of legal notices — on which many smaller newspapers rely.

Despite the industry’s difficulties of the last decade or so, Otte told the Denver Daily News he is “optimistic about newspapers in general, especially community newspapers” – whether rural or within metro areas -saying they are “more in touch with their readers, they’re more relevant.”

Otte’s career has taken him to newspapers large and small in four states, among them Colorado’s Greeley Tribune and Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the Bellevue (Ohio) Gazette, Santa F New Mexican and El Paso (Texas) Times.

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