The Daily Utah Chronicle changes hands

The U Publications Council announced Danyelle White, graduate student in creative writing/poetry, as the new editor in chief of The Daily Utah Chronicle for the 2006-2007 school year.

White, who was named as the new editor on March 1, started at The Chronicle in the summer of 2002 as a part-time copy editor. Since that time, she has worked at the paper continuously in a variety of managerial positions.

“The Chronicle is a huge part of my life,” White said.

In 2003, she was promoted to senior copy editor and became managing editor in Feb. 2004. The current editor in chief, Steve Gehrke, merged the two positions, and White has been working in that capacity all year.

“After two years as managing editor, there was no where to go but editor in chief,” she said.

White said her favorite part of working at The Chronicle is “interacting with a diverse group of people from a variety of political, economic, ethnic backgrounds and fields of study.”

White said her main goal is “to accurately reflect the interests and voices of the student body and to create a community by informing them of what’s happening on campus.”

Tommi Carr, co-chairwoman of the publications council, said White was selected because of her experience.

“She was the strongest candidate. She had a lot of experience and strong management,” she said.

Gehrke said White’s years of experience under several editors has given her a unique outlook on what works and what doesn’t.

“I encourage leaders from throughout campus to contact her in the coming months and continue to build bridges with The Chronicle,” he said.

Chris Bellamy, former sports editor, and Patrick Muir, assistant news editor, were the other two candidates.

White will officially become editor in chief at the beginning of Summer Semester 2006.

Adam Ward, business manager of the paper since July 2001, will leave on March 7 to take a job with a software company.

Ward will become the new vice president of operations for Eclipse Services, a company specializing in accounting and ad-tracking databases for college newspapers.

“I will miss working with the hundreds of students who have contributed to the newspaper while I’ve been here,” Ward said. “The Chrony is chock full of talented students, running the gamut from buttoned-down business types to carefree artists to passionate writers.”

Jacob Sorensen, currently the director of advertising, will fill in for Ward until the position is permanently filled.