Former P-I assistant ME joins Moscow paper

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News has a new managing editor – and it’s a former high-ranking editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer with 20 years of newspaper management experience.

Lee Rozen, 61, will replace former Daily News managing editor Doug Bauer on June 28; Bauer went to the Lewiston Tribune as managing editor in May, replacing the retiring Paul Emerson.

Rozen, 61, was among the casualties when the P-I laid off most of its staff in March of 2009, including all of its top management. He had been assistant managing editor from 2005 to 2009, and first joined the Seattle paper in 1996 as its new media editor. As assistant ME, he led a staff of 42, including seven managers and two teams of reporters.

“I’m really looking forward to this,” Rozen said in a Daily News article. “This is going to be an exciting adventure. I’m going to be coming into a place that’s already working at a high level, and I look forward to taking it only higher.”

Nathan Alford, editor and publisher of the Daily News and the Lewiston Tribune, said, “Lee has what we need, a passion for independent journalism and broad range of experience in print and online. He has an impressive track record and blend of skills to lead our newspaper in an exciting direction.”

Alford added, “He has a vision for the many good years ahead for the Daily News.”

Rozen holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Communications at the University of Washington, and worked as a reporter and editor at The Columbian in Vancouver, Wash., from 1971 to 1984. Recently, he’s worked as a communications consultant in Bothell, Wash., and worked pro-bono for a nonprofit corporation, Midnight Writer.

Rozen and his wife, Sydney, are moving to Moscow from Brier, Wash. “I grew up in a small community and would really enjoy that connection with the people and the place … that you don’t get with metro journalism,” he said.