Owatonna, Minn.– Huckle Media LLC has named Steven K. Pope as its new chief operating officer, effective at the end of July. As COO, Pope will be responsible for the media company’s overall daily operations in southern Minnesota. Pope joined the board in 2008 and became chair of the board in 2010, where he will continue to sit. Most recently, he served as president and publisher of the Colorado Springs Gazette and as Midwest regional vice president for Freedom Communications with responsibilities for newspapers, websites, magazines and niche publications in Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and Indiana. He is a 40-plus year newspaper industry veteran, having held senior management positions in media companies in Texas, Arizona, California, Michigan and Colorado.