Scripps names Susan Deans editor of Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera

Tue, September 02, 2003 by Mark W. Kroeger

CINCINNATI – Susan Deans, a veteran editor who spent the first 10 years of her newspaper career at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo., is returning to the newspaper as editor, effective Sept. 1. Deans, 55, comes to the Daily Camera from the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, where she has been an assistant managing editor since 1999. Deans succeeds Colleen C. Conant, who on Wednesday announced her intention to retire as editor and publisher. A publisher will be named later.The Daily Camera and the Rocky Mountain News are owned and operated by The E. W. Scripps Company.As editor of the award-winning Daily Camera, Deans will lead an editorial staff of 63 reporters, editors and photographers “Sue is a proven editor who loves Boulder,” said Alan M. Horton, senior vice president/newspapers for Scripps. “Her love of the paper and the community will well serve both.”As an assistant managing editor at the Rocky Mountain News, Deans supervised the content and production of the newspaper’s 620,000-circulation weekend edition. She also participated in editing the Rocky’s coverage of the Columbine High School shootings in 1999 and the Colorado wildfires in 2002, both of which earned the newspaper Pulitzer Prize honors for breaking news photography.“Sue is a leader,” said John Temple, editor, president and publisher of the Rocky Mountain News. “People respect her and listen to her. And she truly loves Boulder. This is the perfect assignment for her.”Deans came to the Rocky Mountain News from The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she served as managing editor from 1987-90 and then editor and vice president from 1990-99. During her tenure as editor, The Sun News was named one of the nation’s best small newspapers by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. It was also recognized as one of the world’s best-designed newspapers by the Society of Newspaper Design.Deans began her newspaper career as a reporter for the Daily Camera in 1977 covering the University of Colorado, politics, city government and general assignments. During her 10 years in Boulder, she rose through the staff ranks serving as an assistant city editor, city editor and assistant managing editor. Deans has served on the board of directors of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and is a member of the Associated Press Managing Editors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder.Deans and her husband, Malcolm Deans, an emeritus faculty member of the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication, currently reside in Denver, but plan to move to Boulder. She has an adult son, Jeffrey Foss.Celebrating its 125th anniversary, The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, national television networks, interactive media and television-retailing. Scripps operates 21 daily newspapers, 10 broadcast TV stations, four cable and satellite television programming services and a home shopping network. All of the company’s media businesses provide content and advertising services via the Internet.Scripps Networks brands include Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY -- Do It Yourself Network and Fine Living. Home & Garden and Food Network each can be seen in about 80 million U.S. television households. Scripps Networks Web sites include,, and Scripps Networks programming can be seen in 33 countries. The company’s home shopping subsidiary, Shop At Home Network, markets a growing range of consumer goods directly to television viewers and visitors to the Shop At Home Web site, Shop At Home reaches about 49 million full-time equivalent U.S. households.Scripps also operates Scripps Howard News Service and United Media, which is the worldwide licensing and syndication home of PEANUTS and DILBERT.

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