© Herald photo by Perry Bergson
Darryl Mills is the Prince Albert Daily Herald’s new managing editor.
The Prince Albert Daily Herald’s new managing editor begins work today.
Darryl Mills, a Winnipeg product who has extensive newspaper experience in Alberta, say he is thrilled to be taking the reins.
“I am very much looking forward to getting involved in the Prince Albert community,” Mills said. “In the short time I have spent here I have already been impressed by the warmth and friendliness of the people here, and the pride of community I have sensed in many. At the same time, I know there are social and socio-economic challenges that face Prince Albert, similar to those faced by many municipalities in Canada.
“I look forward to helping the Prince Albert Daily Herald report on those issues and help be a venue to discuss, engage and find strategies to help move this community forward.”
Mills has been in newspapers in one form or another for 22 years, getting his start at the University of Winnipeg as the sports editor of the student newspaper there in 1992.
Since then he has worked as a news/sports reporter in Morden, Man., an advertising sales rep in Camrose, Alta., and then editor of the Cochrane Times.
He was most recently publisher of the Cochrane Times, the Airdrie Echo, the Canmore Leader and the Banff Crag and Canyon.
“I passed on other publisher opportunities to take the managing editor position in Prince Albert due to the exciting challenge of working at a daily paper, and getting back to my original passion in newspapers, editorial,” he said. “I first got into the newspaper game because of my love of writing and my desire to have an impact in the community I live in.”
The Winnipeg Jets season ticket holder is especially excited to see Prince Albert Raiders defenceman Josh Morrissey play, since the slick rearguard was their first round choice in 2013.
Mills has been an amateur football referee in Calgary for the last 10 years, working the U-19 Canada Cup of Football in 2009, and being a CFL ballboy for the 2009 Grey Cup in Calgary, where he was on the Saskatchewan sideline.
He also refereed high school basketball for 15 years.
But that’s not all.
His interests lie in community theatre and he served as a volunteer with Cochrane RCMP Victim Services.
Mills, 41, replaces Perry Bergson, who had the position for two-and-a-half years.
“Darryl was an inspired choice and I have no doubt that he’ll keep the Daily Herald headed in the right direction,” Bergson said. “I had an incredible experience in Prince Albert as managing editor but it’s time for a new vision and new ideas to keep the paper moving forward.”
Bergson has accepted a job in Saskatoon outside the newspaper industry but will continue to live in Prince Albert until his house sells.
Mills was appreciative of the job Bergson has done.
“I also want to recognize the man I am replacing,” Mills said. “I understand that Perry Bergson has only been in P.A. for a couple of years, but I have already seen the impact he has had on the Herald and the community as a whole.
“He will be a hard act to follow and I wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”