by David Mendez
The replacement for current Tucson Weekly editor Jimmy Boegle has been announced, and his name might be familiar to Weekly readers: Dan Gibson, former web producer for Tucson Weekly and Weekly sister paper Inside Tucson Business.
Dan Gibson, former web producer at Territorial Newspapers, will take over as editor of the Tucson Weekly on Jan. 1, publisher Tom Lee announced on Monday (Nov. 26).
“Dan’s background in alternative newsweeklies and how they relate to website development and social media makes him the logical choice for the position,” Lee said.
Gibson will join the staff immediately after resigning his most recent position as digital content director at Clear Channel Radio in Tucson. He will work with editor Jimmy Boegle, who is leaving the position to launch a website in Palm Springs.
Gibson was the web producer for the Weekly and sister paper Inside Tucson Business from October 2010 to August 2012, doubling the Weekly’s daily web traffic during his time in the position. This year, while he oversaw the publication’s digital content, the Weekly won both a Local Media Association Best Web Initiatives award and a second place prize from the Arizona Newspaper Association for Best Newspaper Website. Earlier this year, he was named an Association of Alternative Newsmedia Next Generation Scholarship winner.
"This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me,” Gibson said. “I love this city. I’ve lived here on and off for over thirty years and I’ve read the Weekly as long as I can remember. I’m proud to be back working in the world of alt-weeklies with such a talented group of writers and staff. My goal is to build on the standard of excellence Jimmy Boegle and his predecessors set for the Weekly and I couldn’t be more excited for the chance to do so."
Gibson has contributed to a number of publications and websites, including Idolator, Phoenix New Times, Village Voice, PHOENIX Magazine, the iTunes Music Store and Relevant. He is also the co-author, with Jordan Green and John Pattison, of Besides the Bible, published by InterVarsity Press. He also served as online editor for Village Voice Media, Phoenix.
Gibson, 36, is a graduate of Oregon State University. He and his wife, Tara, are the parents of two children, Jonathan, 11, and Piper, 4.