Longtime publisher accepts new job | SierraSun.com

Longtime publisher accepts new job

Bill Kunerth, publisher of the Tahoe World and senior publisher of the Sierra Sun for the past 11 years, has accepted a position as publisher of the Daily Record newspaper in Ellensburg, Washington.

Kunerth will begin his new job duties with the Daily Record, a Monday through Saturday paper, in early August.

Eric Henry, editor at the Tahoe World for the past four years, has been promoted to General Manager. In his new role, Henry will assume the responsibility of chief executive of the newspaper with responsibility for its total operation.

The announcement to the Tahoe World staff was made by Steve Braver, Regional General Manager for Tahoe Carson Area Newspapers, the group of six local papers with which the World is affiliated. Braver praised Henry for his work in making the World a prize-winning newspaper and for his love of the Tahoe City community. “We see nothing but good things ahead with Eric at the helm,” he said. “The Tahoe community deserves the best and I’m confident that Eric will build upon the very high standards set by Bill Kunerth.”

Kunerth, who will be guiding the transition at the newspaper until his departure in late July, said that although he is excited about his new opportunity, it will be tough for him and his family to leave an area that has been so good to them.

“We’ve been fortunate to have developed so many close friendships and to have been associated with so many bright and energetic people,” said Kunerth.

“I will also miss the camaraderie of our two newspaper staffs at the Tahoe World and Sierra Sun. I not only feel that we have two of the best newspapers in the state, but we also have two of the best newspapers staffs.”

Kunerth said publishing the Daily Record will provide him with the new challenge of running a daily newspaper with a printing facility on site. The newspaper is based in Ellensburg, home to Central Washington University, and covers a countywide area from east of the Cascade Mountains to the Columbia River.

Under his guidance, the Tahoe World and Sierra Sun have won a number of awards, including this past year when the Tahoe World was named best weekly newspaper in the state of California.

Kunerth has served on a number of boards and has been active in the North Lake Tahoe community and regional trade associations. He served as both president of the North Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and as president of the Nevada Press Association. He has also been a member of the North Lake Tahoe Kiwanis Club for the past 11 years.

Henry came to Lake Tahoe from Kansas in 1994. As editor, Henry led a redesign of the newspaper and has helped guide the news staff to numerous California and Nevada awards in general excellence, community service, environmental coverage, editorial writing, spot news, photography, sports coverage and design. His “Oh, Henry” column received a third-place award from the National Newspaper Association last year.

“Working for Bill Kunerth these past four years has been an honor and an education,” Henry said. “I’m sad to see him go but I’m also excited about this new opportunity. I will certainly work hard to maintain the spirit of community journalism that Bill has fostered at this newspaper.”

In Kansas, Henry was a reporter for the Hutchinson News, a daily newspaper with a circulation of 30,000. As a college student, he was editor of the Kansas State Collegian and was the first student body vice-president elected at Kansas State University.

Henry serves on the board of the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation and was a member of the inaugural class of the Leadership Tahoe-Truckee, a regional community leadership program. He also plays music in the Truckee Alliance for the Musical Arts.

“I feel fortunate that my job has allowed me to develop close ties to such a tremendous community,” he said. “I’m looking forward to becoming even more involved and doing my best to serve this community for years to come.”

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