San Angelo Standard-Times promotes Metro Editor Michael Kelly to editor
Thu, October 24, 2013 by Carolyn Micheli
Michael Kelly, metro editor of the San Angelo Standard-Times, is being promoted to editor, effective immediately. He replaces Tim Archuleta, who was promoted to editor of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. The Standard-Times and the Caller-Times are owned and operated by The E.W. Scripps Company.
Kelly, 63, joined the Standard-Times as an assistant city editor in 2006 and was promoted to metro editor in 2008. During his tenure, the Standard-Times staff won more than 60 awards in statewide journalism competitions, including Newspaper of the Year in 2009 and best online news site in 2008 and 2012.
“The Standard-Times punches far above its weight with the level and depth of enterprise journalism it delivers to digital and print readers across West Texas,” said Mizell Stewart III, vice president of content for the Scripps newspaper division. “Mike Kelly’s hunger for great stories will continue that tradition as the Standard-Times continues its transformation to a multi-platform news operation.”
He has led several notable reporting efforts in San Angelo, including a recent special report on the oil boom in the region and 2011’s “Fall of a Prophet,” an in-depth investigation of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
“It has been an absolute pleasure working with Mike for the last four years,” said Jeff DeLoach, president and publisher of the Standard-Times. “He has a true desire to serve San Angelo and the Concho Valley communities with the highest quality journalism possible. We are fortunate to have someone as talented and experienced as Mike ready and capable of stepping into such a role.”
Before moving to San Angelo, Kelly spent six years as assistant city editor at the Scripps-owned Albuquerque Tribune.
While at the Tribune, Kelly played a supporting role in the newspaper’s national award-winning series, “The State of our Children,” which documented the difficulties and challenges confronting children who live in poverty in New Mexico.
Earlier in his career, Kelly served in leadership and reporting roles at two weekly publications in British Columbia, winning top awards for editorial writing and best weekly newspaper. He attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio.
Kelly and his wife, Beverly, live in San Angelo.
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