Chris Reen joins The Gazette, will become publisher in May 2019
Clarity Media Group has announced that Chris Reen will become the president of The Gazette in Colorado Springs, beginning February 2019. Reen and Dan Steever, publisher of The Gazette, will manage the publication until May 2019 when Steever plans to return to the East Coast to be closer to his children and extended family. At that time, Reen will add the duties of publisher to his responsibilities.
A 30-year veteran of the media industry, Reen most recently served as president of The Oklahoman Media Company and publisher of The Oklahoman, the largest daily newspaper in Oklahoma. He began his career at The Oklahoman in 2004 and has held media executive positions in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. He is known for his strong business background with special interests in collaboration and teamwork. Reen is a former president of SNPA and serves on the SNPA Foundation Board of Trustees.
"Chris has an impressive breadth of industry experience and will be an outstanding leader of The Gazette. We're excited to have him on board," said Ryan McKibben, president and CEO of Clarity Media Group. "We thank Dan for his years of leadership – not only at The Gazette, but in the Colorado Springs community – and wish him and his family the best moving forward."
On Feb. 1, Reen will assume the business-side operations of The Gazette while Steever continues to serve as publisher. Under Steever's leadership since 2012, The Gazette has seen tremendous success. During that time, the newspaper was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, journalism's most prestigious honor.
"It's an honor to join the team at The Gazette, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to get to know the people and issues around the Pikes Peak region while Dan is still here," said Reen.
"I'm looking forward to working with Chris in the coming months, and am confident that The Gazette will be in good hands upon my departure," said Steever.