Editor Chad Baldwin will leave the Casper Star-Tribune next month to serve as the University of Wyoming’s director of institutional communications.
The Wyoming native has worked at the Star-Tribune the past seven years, including the past three as editor. He previously served as state editor.
Baldwin said the newspaper profession is “all I’ve ever done,” but the opportunity to help enhance his alma mater’s state, regional and national profile proved to be a welcome challenge.
“I’m excited to be a part of what I believe is Wyoming’s most important institution,” Baldwin said.
Star-Tribune Publisher Nathan Bekke said Baldwin’s last day will be Sept. 9. Bekke named Managing Editor Ron Gullberg as acting editor while the search for Baldwin’s successor is under way.
“We’ve been very fortunate to work with Chad for the past seven years,” Bekke said. “His passion, dedication and breadth of knowledge on Wyoming issues have served our readers well.
“I’m confident those same qualities will also serve the university well.”
The 46-year-old Baldwin is a 1988 UW graduate.
In his new role, he will serve as the university’s spokesman, oversee the media relations department and work with campus officials on media releases, speeches and newspaper op-ed submissions.
“It’s a new frontier for me. I see it as a new challenge,” Baldwin said. “It’s always a little scary when you move from the familiar to the unfamiliar, but, really, at its heart, this new job is perhaps in some ways not all that different in that you’re a purveyor of information.”
Baldwin said the timing and opportunity were right to make a career change, and his decision in no way reflected newspaper industry economics.
“While there may be a perception out there that newspapers are struggling, the fact is the Casper Star-Tribune is doing well, and I have every reason to believe that it will continue to be Wyoming’s biggest and best news organization for many years to come,” he said. “We have a valuable product online that is in many ways distinct from the print product.”
Baldwin also worked for the Riverton Ranger and Uinta County Herald in Wyoming. Prior to coming to Casper, he was city editor at the Twin Falls Times-News in Idaho.