Journal names new editor
The Auburn Journal has a new editor. Dennis Noone will head the newsroom beginning July 9, replacing Jenifer Gee who resigned to explore other opportunities.
“I am very pleased to have Dennis joining our newspaper,” Todd Frantz, publisher of the Auburn Journal said. “He is an award-winning editor and journalist and I am confident that he will help lead our news coverage in the Auburn Journal to even greater heights through his leadership.”
Noone began his career at the Ventura County Star in Ventura, moving up from reporter to assistant city editor and then copy desk chief. He left the Star to become senior copy editor and deputy copy desk chief at the Dallas Morning News where he spent 17 years at one of the largest and most respected daily newspapers in the country.
He next served as news editor with Gannett News Service in McLean, Va., then as the Washington editor for Gannett News Service in Washington, D.C. From there, he returned to the West to become the editor of the Nevada Appeal in Carson City, Nev.
Noone has received numerous honors, among them a Paul Miller Journalism Fellowship, Dallas Press Club “Katies” Award for headline writing and a Swift Communications’ Multimedia Award for coverage of an IHOP shooting in Carson City. In 2012, he led the Nevada Appeal to statewide awards for General Excellence and Overall Page Design, and won Editorial of the Year for best single editorial among all newspapers in all categories statewide.
He is also a founding editor of the American Copy Editors Society.
“The newsroom experience that Dennis brings to the Journal is of the highest caliber,” Frantz said. “We were very fortunate to attract such a quality journalist and leader to our organization. After conducting both a regional and nationwide search, we found a superb editor only a few hours from Auburn. I believe he will be a terrific fit for our company and for the community we serve.”
Noone said he is thrilled to be joining the Auburn Journal.
“And I look forward to becoming an ingrained part of the community,” he said. “It’s an editor’s dream to have in place a talented staff, an engaged readership and an excellent foundation on which to build. I’m eager to capitalize on the award-winning momentum of that staff and of my predecessor, Jenifer Gee.
“More than ever, journalism is a two-way conversation, and to that end, I look forward to hearing frequently and regularly from our print and online readers. We have some exciting ideas to make the Journal and its publications even more relevant to our readers and more essential to our advertisers, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Noone has two daughters in college and is very devoted to family. He enjoys reading, writing fiction, stand-up comedy (in the audience), poker “and I am teaching myself the harmonica,” he said.
“Having family in the area, I’ve been a frequent visitor to Auburn,” he said. “The people have been warm and welcoming, and I look forward to putting down roots and immersing myself in the community.”