Goings and More Goings at the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News

Didja think the flow of editorial employees leaving the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News would slow after the end of the most recent buyout cycle? Think again. Scribes have been splitting at a rapid clip, with three new names joining the roster of those exiting: Post basketball writer Marc Spears (pictured), plus Stuart Steers and Rosa Ramirez, both with the Rocky.

Although Steers, who worked for Westword prior to being hired at the Rocky, is stepping away from journalism for the time being, both Spears and Ramirez will be taking positions at other papers. Because Spears covers the Nuggets (and has done so well for years), his position will be filled, but those of Steers and Ramirez may well be left open, further increasing the workload for the Rocky types who remain.

Here are the various memos announcing the departures, beginning with Post editor Greg Moore's note about Spears:

You may have heard that Marc Spears, who has covered the Nuggets and the NBA for us for years, is leaving to join The Boston Globe. Marc has been a stellar performer for The Post for eight years, dominating his beat and being a good all around guy. We will miss him and appreciate the terrific effort he has given the paper. But I also want to congratulate him on the move to Boston and covering the Celtics. We wish him all the best in his new job. Marc will be around and in town for another few weeks and I hope you get a chance to wish him well.


Greg Moore

The following item, announcing Steers' future plans, was penned by Rocky managing editor Deb Goeken:


Reporter Stuart Steers is heading off into the world to form his own business writing grant proposals for non-profits. Stuart joined us in 2005. Before coming here, he worked for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the Denver Business Journal and Westword. Stuart has been a great addition to our staff – finding and writing smart, perceptive stories about our urban area, which he knows inside-out. Just this Saturday, he had our banner story on the significant changes in how Denver deals with low-income housing. He covered everything from homelessness to a wild and crazy governor’s race. Lately, he’s been the lead reporter on the Democratic National Convention. On top of all that, Stuart’s a great guy to work with, and we’ll miss him.

His last day will be Aug. 31. Please wish him well in his entrepreneurial endeavors.


Finally, this is Goeken's overview of the Ramirez developments:


Reporter Rosa Ramirez - who has made a big impact during her nearly two-year tenure at the Rocky - will join the Dayton Beach News-Journal in Florida as the newspaper's Hispanic affairs reporter. Her last day here is Sept. 6. Rosa came to the Rocky in October 2005 as part of the Scripps Academy for Hispanic Journalism. She worked as a general assignment reporter, jumping into breaking news and features with equal enthusiasm. Rosa was a valued member of the team that wrote "The Border Within." And for the past two months, Rosa has been writing for the Rocky's Web site, showing a real talent for moving fast and getting good stories in a hurry. Before joining us, Rosa was a staff writer for the Birmingham Post-Herald and Hispanic Link News Service in Washington, D.C. Rosa began her journalism career at The Salt Lake Tribune as an intern. She graduated in 2004 from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in political science. Rosa was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, and grew up in Los Angeles. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese. It's sad to see Rosa leave us, and we will miss her, but we are proud that she is taking the next important step in her career. Rosa's natural ability to engage people across a broad spectrum can only mean great success for her as a journalist. Join us in wishing her well.


Wouldn't it be a nice change of pace if some of these memos related to comings instead of goings? -- Michael Roberts

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