DAN GIBSON NAMED 'WEEKLY' EDITOR
It didn't long for Wick Communications to hire a new editor for the Tucson Weekly.
Just two weeks after Jimmy Boegle announced he was leaving the publication at the end of the year to start an alternative news outlet serving Southern California's Coachella Valley, the paper's brass chose a familiar face as Boegle's successor.
Dan Gibson, who spent almost two years as the Web producer for the Weekly and its sister publication, Inside Tucson Business, was named the Weekly's new editor on Monday, Nov. 26. Gibson left the Wick papers in August for a position as digital content director for Clear Channel Radio's Tucson cluster.
"This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me," Gibson said in a press release. "I love this city. I've lived here on and off for more than 30 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."
During his previous tenure with Wick, Gibson, 36, helped the Weekly win a Local Media Association Best Web Initiatives award, and a second-place award for Best Newspaper Website from the Arizona Newspapers Association. He was also named an Association of Alternative Newsmedia Next Generation Scholarship winner.
Boegle will help Gibson through a month-long transition, with Gibson taking the reins at the beginning of January.
WHITWORTH LEAVES KOLD
Perhaps attempting to take advantage of the two-years-in-one-stop-and-then-move-on rule of broadcast advancement, Kayna Whitworth is vacating her morning-anchor position at KOLD Channel 13 for a weekend-anchor opportunity at WHDH in Boston.
Whitworth joined the KOLD morning team a couple of years ago after working in similar capacities for stations in Bend, Ore., and Boise, Idaho.
Replacing Whitworth on the morning show is Emily Turner, who arrives here from Jacksonville, Fla. A Jacksonville native, Turner has held radio gigs in Gainesville and Orlando, Fla., and Mobile, Ala.
A NEW FACE AT KGUN
KGUN Channel 9 didn't have to go as far as Florida to find its new morning-show anchor.
The local ABC affiliate is welcoming Greg Gurule as the replacement for Steve Nunez. Gurule has worked in the industry for the better part of three decades and crossed paths with KGUN's news director, Forrest Carr, during a stint in Albuquerque, N.M.
Most recently, Gurule worked as a reporter/anchor for KPHO in Phoenix, but he left the business for a couple of years to tend to personal issues. Gurule's first day at KGUN is slated for Dec. 3.