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Moore Than Before

The Denver Post's new editor wants to help the paper realize its potential.

Is it a good thing if some of the columnists at thePost are a little uneasy?

I'm uneasy in here every day. I come to work with the hair standing up on my neck, realizing I can take one below the bow any day. I'm fully engaged, and I want everybody else to be, too, because that leads to a better newspaper. I want us all to come in here and say, "Today's a new day, and we're going to do a good job."

I understand that in addition to meeting with staffers in your newsroom, you've met with a lot of people around town -- civic leaders and so on. Who have you sat down with?

The mayor, the governor, people involved with the arts community, the nonprofit community, the education community. I met with Dr. Yates from CSU. And regular people, too. Shoeshine guys. They read the paper; they've got stuff to say. And I went to the Black Arts Festival at East High and talked to a lot of people who've got ideas there.

In these conversations, have you gotten a sense of what people look to theDenver Post for, and what they want it to be?

I think they look to the Denver Post for a comprehensive approach to coverage, a wider menu of things, a broader perspective. What they want is a more probing, questioning, harder-hitting newspaper that speaks to all the various segments of greater Denver and Colorado. I've been reading the paper off and on for six or seven months, and I've yet to see a story from Five Points -- and I don't understand that. Maybe it was an issue I didn't see, but it certainly hasn't had any prominence. So we're going to move around. And people are willing to give us a chance to prove that we've mastered all segments of this complex community every day. I had this woman come up to me at the festival and say, "I've heard a lot about you, but I don't really read the Post." And I said, "I want you to pick it up in three months and see if you're surprised. And then pick it up again in six months and see if it surprises you again." And she said, "Oh, I'll give you a chance. Just tell the truth." So that's what people want. Just tell the truth, whether it's good or bad. That's got to be job one. And if we do that, we'll be fine.

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