Today’s steamship pilot and chief revenue officer, Bonnie Stewart will become the paper’s next editor, bringing a wealth of industry and advertising experience to the job. Her first day as editor will be January 1st.
Stewart will step into a role previously held by Logan Molen, who will retire after a 40-year career in the journalism industry.
“Bonnie was born with ink in her blood and has always found her way back into the publishing world,” said Samantha Johnston, managing director of Colorado Mountain News Media and a native of Steamboat Springs. “It’s a tough time to be in the media, and I’m grateful for Bonnie’s passion for the industry and her pursuit of sustainable business models, always with an eye on how to put people first.”
Stewart began her career at the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, where she worked for nearly 13 years. She started in the circulation department and quickly moved up to a classifieds account manager.
From there, Stewart took on a job as head of classified inside sales, and she remained in that role for several years before moving into outside sales and covering the real estate and automotive territories.
In 2005 Stewart left the Daily Sentinel to move to the Yampa Valley. During this time, she became a realtor and worked for Prudential Steamboat Realty before switching gears to work for the town of Hayden for five years.
Recruited from the newspaper industry, Stewart went to work for the Craig Daily Press as an advertising manager. After that, she took on the role of Classifieds Manager for Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Craig Daily Press, in addition to serving as Advertising Manager.
In 2013 Stewart went to work for the Colorado State Patrol. However, she returned to the newspaper industry in 2017 to work for Swift Communications as a classified director.
“I’m humbled and excited for this opportunity,” Stewart said. “I started my career in the newspaper industry in the early 1990s. Over the past 30 years, I have worn many hats and had the chance to work for different newspapers. I worked for companies, as well as for family newspapers which included weeklies and dailies. I also had the chance to work in other industries, which broadened my knowledge and perspective.
More importantly, Stewart said she wants the community to know her door is always open.
“The Yampa Valley is an incredible place to live, work and play, and I look forward to the role I will play in the community,” she said. “The Steamboat Pilot & Today is the trusted source for local news. We have a very loyal reader base and a very dedicated team. Not much will change at the office as I begin my role as editor.
Stewart steps into the role with a new editor, Eli Pace, having started work Dec. 1.
“I look forward to working with Eli Pace,” Stewart said while pledging to continue publishing an accurate and locally focused journal, as well as our many other print and digital products.
Stewart has been married to her husband, Ty, for 11 years, and they have five children and two grandchildren together. The couple enjoy spending time together in their chalet in the mountains and with their family.
“I can’t think of anyone who values the community as much as Bonnie,” Johnston said of the incoming editor. “She and her husband are already familiar faces in the Yampa Valley, and I’m excited to see where she will step up and get involved.”