The board of directors for Park Press Inc., publisher of the Park Bugle, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kristal Leebrick as the paper’s managing editor, effective July 1.
Leebrick has agreed to take the post on an interim basis while the Bugle completes a new long-range strategic plan.
Leebrick succeeds Dave Healy, who recently informed the board that he plans to retire after 10 years as the Bugle’s editor. Healy is the longest-serving editor in the history of the Bugle, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary.
“I can’t imagine a better place to be the editor of a community newspaper,” Healy said. “I’ve had the privilege of working with talented writers and a superb production manager, Steve Parker. I’m very proud of the Bugle, and I look forward to reading it for many years to come.”
“We are grateful for Dave’s incredible service to the newspaper and its readers,” said Audrey Estebo board chairwoman. “At the same time, we are fortunate to be able to have someone with Kristal’s experience to help lead the paper as we plan for the future.”
The Park Bugle (www.parkbugle.org) is a 14,000 circulation monthly that is delivered free to more than 11,000 households as well as businesses in St. Anthony Park, Como Park, Lauderdale and Falcon Heights. The Bugle is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that relies on donations to help defray its publishing and distribution costs.
Leebrick has lived in St. Anthony Park for 14 years and is a veteran journalist who has worked for the Forum in Fargo, N.D., the Wadena Pioneer-Journal and the New Brighton Focus. Leebrick’s freelance work includes book editing, writing children’s nonfiction and writing for several online publications. She also helped launch and manages the Bugle’s Facebook page.
“I’m happy to step in during this time of transition,” Leebrick said. “The Park Bugle is such a valuable part of our community. We need this kind of community-oriented journalism.”
Leebrick was elected to the Bugle’s board of directors in September 2009. She resigned from the board upon accepting the managing editor post.
The Bugle board will host a public celebration in July to thank Healy for his service to the paper and the community. Details will follow.