When former Denver Post higher-up Chris Lopez was chosen to serve as communications director for the Democratic National Convention's host committee, he let everyone know that one of the main appeals of the position for him was the opportunity to return to Colorado, his home state. But now that the DNC is done, he's heading elsewhere, even though he's staying in the Post family, so to speak. Lopez has just been named editor of Texas' El Paso Times. Like the Post and the Contra Costa Times, a California publication where he worked immediately prior to his convention gig, the Times is owned by Dean Singleton's MediaNews Group.
Obviously, Singleton thinks highly of Lopez, even though his departure from the Post was odd; as noted on page four of this January 2000 Message column, he was announced as the paper's new city editor but then resigned from the position a week later. Like most newspapers these days, however, the Post is doing precious little hiring. For Lopez, that meant hitting the road again. -- Michael Roberts