By Perry Bergson
A British Columbia newspaper veteran has joined the Prince Albert Daily Herald as publisher.
John Morash replaces longtime publisher Ian Jensen, who left the Daily Herald in February to move to the Vernon Morning Star.
Morash says he’s excited about the new job, which he started on Tuesday.
“The Saskatchewan Advantage is a very real thing. Prince Albert is thriving and I’m looking forward to participating in the growth we are seeing in this province”.
Morash’s family, including wife Gail — a teacher by trade — 10-year-old daughter Jana and twin five-year-old boys Ben and Shane, will be moving to Prince Albert in early August.
The new publisher, a native of Kirkland Lake, Ont., has deep roots in the newspaper industry.
The Simon Fraser University graduate began his career at the Abbotsford News. He has also worked at the Powell River Peak as sales manager, the Merritt News as publisher and the Kamloops Daily News as advertising director.
This will be his first experience as a publisher of a daily newspaper. It’s a challenge that he’s eager to tackle.
“ I deeply respect the credibility that the Prince Albert Daily Herald has earned in the community and admire the job the existing management team and staff have done.”
Rob Clark, the group publisher for Transcontinental’s Saskatchewan newspaper division, said Morash will be a great fit for both community and the newspaper.
“John is a person who will quickly sink roots into the community,” Clark said. “With his experience, passion and vision, he’s the ideal person to lead the Daily Herald.”
While Morash has some ideas about where he would like to take the Daily Herald, he’s quick to add that his ears are open.
“I am eager to get involved in the community on both a business and personal level to meet and listen to your thoughts on your daily newspaper.”
He is also an avid outdoorsperson, fair golfer and humble hockey player.