Wednesday, June 14, 2006

New editors to lead Express

Longtime editor Ken Retallic retires

Gregory Foley, right, has taken over as editor of the Idaho Mountain Express, replacing Ken Retallic, center, who is retiring. Greg Stahl, left, has returned to the Express to serve as assistant editor. Photo by Willy Cook

The Idaho Mountain Express installed this week a new team of newspaper editors, after longtime editor Ken Retallic retired from his post.

Award-winning journalist Gregory Foley, assistant editor under Retallic, took over Monday as the newspaper's new editor. Greg Stahl, an Express reporter who spent the last year completing a fellowship in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has assumed the role of assistant editor.

Foley and Stahl have collaborated on numerous reporting projects, including two that earned high honors in the National Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest, an annual awards competition among newspapers nationwide.

"I'm excited about the change," Foley said. "Ken Retallic has established a great foundation for us to work from. I'm looking forward to building on that foundation and continuing to bring the people of Blaine County a variety of informative and interesting news."

Foley, a resident of Hailey, has worked for the Express for four years. Prior to becoming assistant editor, he covered news throughout the Wood River Valley, primarily in Ketchum and Sun Valley. He previously worked as the news editor of the Point Reyes Light, a Pulitzer Prize-winning weekly in Marin County, Calif.

Stahl, who lives in Ketchum, moved to Idaho in November 1998 to cover general assignment news for the Mountain Express. His knowledge of the Wood River Valley has expanded considerably since he wrote his first local story, a short feature about the Magic Lantern movie theater closing its old facilities in Ketchum.

"If there's a niche to be covered at this paper, I've done it," Stahl said. "I'm excited to rejoin a strong team at the Express and to work with Greg Foley to move things in positive, responsive directions."

Under Retallic, the Express was repeatedly awarded the Idaho Press Club's General Excellence Award for producing the best non-daily newspaper in the state.

Retallic, who lives in Ketchum, joined the Mountain Express in October 2000. He moved to Idaho in 1983 to cover environmental and energy news, focusing on the Idaho National Laboratory, for the Post Register in Idaho Falls. He also worked at the Post Register as outdoors editor, Sunday editor and two stints as city editor. Retallic's journalism career began in 1971 at the Grand Forks Herald, a Pulitzer Prize-winning daily in North Dakota.

The author of four books on fly fishing and one on bird hunting, Retallic plans to continue his research ventures in the forests and streams of the Northern Rockies.

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