The Cambrian has a new editor.
Steve Provost, 51, a veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience as an editor, manager and copy editor, has been named managing editor, effective Monday, Oct. 6.
“We are confident that he’ll quickly immerse himself in the community and work with longtime reporter Kathe Tanner to tackle important issues that inform readers and to cover local sports, businesses and the arts — in short to continue producing a relevant, engaging newspaper and online site that readers depend on — and value,” Tribune Executive Editor Sandra Duerr said.
Provost succeeds Bert Etling, who left The Cambrian in early July to become editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings in Ashland, Ore., where he is closer to some family members.
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A 1986 graduate of Fresno State, Provost began his career as an education and sports reporter at the Tulare Advance-Register, then spent five years as sports editor there before moving to the Visalia Times-Delta, where he was a copy editor, sports editor and news editor for four years.
He was an assistant news editor and news editor at The Fresno Bee for 14 years after that.
Provost joined The Tribune as a copy editor in January 2012, “impressing us with his strong editing and layout skills, energy, enthusiasm — as well as his reporting and writing abilities,” Duerr said.
“Not only has he tackled stories thrown his way on deadline, he also proposed and has penned regularly a thoughtful column on how language shapes our lives,” Duerr said. One of his more recent Opinion page columns addressed Cal Poly’s scoreboard controversy.
Provost is the author of “Fresno Growing Up,” on the history of his hometown from 1945 to 1985, expected to be published next year by Linden Publishing.
“I’ve been working on The Cambrian two days a week since Bert left, and I’ve enjoyed it immensely,” Provost said. “I feel privileged to have this opportunity, and I look forward to serving the people of this very special community.”
Provost is married to Samaire Provost, an author of paranormal adventure novels.
In his spare time, the new editor of The Cambrian enjoys writing (his next project is a book about old U.S. Highway 99), photography and spending time with his family.