Bob Brown named Newspaper Person of the Year
As publisher of the Vail Daily and later the president and general manager of Colorado Mountain News Media, the parent company of the Daily, it’s the same old thing every year, right?
After the assorted newspaper awards are handed out, the ceremony turns to testimonials leading up to the presentation of the CPA Newspaper Person of the Year.
Saturday night, Brown was going through the motions, right?
“It is always someone who’s been in newspapers for 40 years,” Brown said. “They start describing some things about who they’re honoring and I was thinking, “Yeah, I’ve done that.’ But I didn’t think that was me.”
Well, yes, Bob, that was you.
Brown, who in his spare time is an avid golfer, was named CPA’s Newspaper Person of the Year Saturday night – and he couldn’t have been more surprised if he had gotten an invitation to the Masters.
“I had no clue. I was totally taken by surprise,” Brown said. “This is usually something you get at the end of your career when you retire, instead of in the middle of it.”
We’re proud to report that Brown, 43 years young, is nowhere near social security.
Brown joined what was then known as Eagle-Summit Publishing in 1993 as the publisher of both the Vail Daily and Summit Daily. He served in that post until May 2000, when he was promoted to head up CMNM.
During the last 10 years, under Brown’s leadership, CMNM has grown dramatically. What was once just a two-newspaper company consisting of the Vail Daily and the Summit Daily News has come to include the Aspen Times, the Glenwood Post-Independent, the Rifle Citizen-Telegram, the Leadville Chronicle, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Summit County Journal, the Carbondale Valley Journal and the Snowmass Village Sun.
Add to that, Colorado Mountain News Media’s drive into the Internet, and it’s not hard to see why Brown was feted Saturday night.
“In terms of the Vail Daily, he’s really crafted the character for most of the last decade,” said Steve Pope, the Vail Daily’s current publisher. “He’s been the person who’s been driving the expansion, including purchasing Morris Newspapers. It’s a huge thing for the Vail Daily.”
“Newspapers are a vital part of any community,” Brown said. “The thing we’re proud of is just what our motto is – Bringing Communities Together. This award is a tribute to everybody in each of our markets. It says a lot about the people in Colorado Mountain News Media.”
Brown was presented with a plaque and a caricature portrait, which will likely hang in his office in Gypsum, site of the company’s headquarters.
Brown lives with his wife, Lori, and his three children, Britney, Cameron and Cody, in Edwards.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at email@example.com.