S. Lake paper names new managing editor

Former Appeal business and police reporter Jim Scripps has been named managing editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune in South Lake Tahoe.

Scripps, who was editor of the Sierra Sun newspaper in Truckee, Calif., and has had many family members in the newspaper business, has been employed by Swift Newspapers Inc., for four years.

"Jim has been a tremendous asset to Swift Newspapers, having worked at the Nevada Appeal and most recently as editor at the Sierra Sun in Truckee," Tribune Publisher Paul Middlebrook said. "We look forward to using Jim's tremendous talents and experience in resort community newspapers to help the Tribune continue to be the South Shore's No. 1 source for local news."

Scripps, 29, is a native of Los Altos, Calif. A 1999 graduate of the University of Oregon with degrees in journalism and history, Scripps began his newspaper career as an intern at the Roseburg News-Review in Roseburg, Ore.

After graduation, he moved to Carson City to work as the Appeal' criminal justice reporter before moving to the business beat. He was there for three years before being promoted to editor of the Sierra Sun.

In Truckee, Scripps was instrumental in overseeing the transition of the Sierra Sun from a weekly to a twice-weekly newspaper, building the size of its staff and its coverage area.

The transition was necessary to match the growth of the market, which had opened it to more competition, Scripps said.

But South Shore is different than Truckee, which has seen its growth double over the past decade. Scripps says he will make sure the Tribune continues to capitalize on the strides the paper has made, including winning dozens of awards from the California and Nevada press associations.

"The Tribune doesn't have a rebuilding process; it is a matter of conforming to what has already been done well," he said. "What I want to take a look at is what has already been done well and expand in areas that have been under covered."

Scripps' wife, Rachel, is a native of South Lake Tahoe. The couple lives in Tahoe Keys.


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