As the Nisqually Valley News’ new publisher and editor, Michael Wagar knows he has big shoes to fill.
His shoe size is 10.5, so he’s up for the challenge.
The former executive editor of the NVN’s sister paper, The Chronicle in Centralia, started his new job Wednesday.
Wagar will report to Christine Fossett, president and chief operating officer of Lafromboise Communications, Inc., the parent company of the NVN, Chronicle and Battleground Reflector.
“I am pleased to have Michael join our staff and represent the Nisqually Valley News,” Fossett said. “He has a proven track record for producing quality local news that represents and informs the community.
“The readers of the paper will appreciate his progressive style and his innovative ideas.”
Wagar and Fossett worked together for more than a decade at The Chronicle. Wagar said part of the attraction of coming to the NVN is its ownership by the Lafromboise family and his familiarity with its top management.
“We are fortunate to have him with Lafromboise Communications, Inc., again and look forward to his future accomplishments,” Fossett said.
Wagar resigned from his position as a communications advisor for TransAlta, a multi-national power company with an electrical generating plant in Centralia.
Wagar met with the NVN staff last week.
“I was impressed with the staff’s enthusiasm for both the Nisqually Valley News and the greater Yelm area,” Wagar said.
“I will give it my all to continue in the fine tradition of community journalism built up by this staff and its former publisher, Keven Graves.”
Graves, publisher of the Nisqually Valley News since 1999, resigned last month after being offered the job of publisher for the Whidbey Newspaper Group.