Journalist Greg Knight will now helm The Times-Independent as editor, bringing more than a decade of media experience across print and television.
As editor, Knight is responsible for managing the overall news content of the paper, which he says will reflect his personal journalistic ethos of “telling the truth and helping people.”
“That’s all it is — tell the truth, write compelling journalism, and write the stories that people care about, not what you think is going to serve a political purpose,” Knight said. “I believe that my job is to maintain the public’s trust, maintain the reputation of this newspaper, and also help tell good stories.”
Knight most recently hails from Sanpete County, where he served as a news reporter and sports writer for The Sanpete Messenger. Previous to that position, Knight followed his journalism interests working and freelancing across a variety of media outlets in Florida, Utah, Nevada and Oregon.
“We are excited to be working with Greg,” said Times-Independent publisher Zane Taylor. “He brings a wealth of experience in journalism to this position, as well as fresh energy and perspective.”
Although he first began his career in broadcast television, Knight later transitioned to print searching for better opportunities, he says, to present “real, truthful journalism.”
As an independent, locally owned newspaper committed to the community, Knight calls The Times-Independent “a great fit” for his journalism interests.
“I’ve worked for some big communications companies … I didn’t want to do that again,” Knight said. “The choice was easy — should I work for corporate media or a hometown-owned newspaper that cares about the community?”
Former editor Lisa Church — who is stepping down to work as Moab city’s first communications and engagement manager — expects Knight to bring fresh energy and a healthy amount of change to the newspaper that she says “is good for every organization.”
“[Knight] is a talented writer, he’s had a lot of experience in different types of journalism … [and] he’s incredibly enthusiastic about coming to live in the Moab community and getting to know the community,” Church said. “ … I think his addition at The Times-Independent is going to be a really positive and upbeat change.”
Knight says he is “thrilled” to join the Moab community. Since his first visit to the area more than a decade ago, Knight said that he has felt an almost “insatiable draw” to return.
“The first time I came in across the Colorado River, I was spellbound,” Knight said. “ … Moab is just mystical. That’s the only way I can put it. There’s something magical about the land.”
Knight says he is ready to meet and serve the Moab community through his new role as editor of The Times-Independent. His door, he says, is always open.
“Please feel free to write me an e-mail or ring me up if you have anything you would like covered in The Times-Independent,” Knight said. “I’m more than happy to serve the community and those who care about Moab.”
Knight is available by calling the office at 435-259-7525 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.