By Don Knox, STATE BILL COLORADO
Who says there’s no future for journalists at Colorado’s Capitol?
Charles Ashby, a veteran reporter who was let go by The Pueblo Chieftain at the end of the 2009 General Assembly, soon will report full-time for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.
Laurena Mayne Davis, the newspaper’s managing editor, confirmed Ashby’s hiring, effective Monday.
The capitol beat, in Colorado and elsewhere, has shed journalists in recent years as media budgets have ebbed with the economic downturn and competition from the Internet. The closure of the Rocky Mountain News and reporter cutbacks by the Chieftain, the Fort Collins Coloradoan and the Longmont Times-Call have been felt under the state’s distinctive golden dome.
The Daily Sentinel has lacked a Capitol presence since late February when former reporter Mike Saccone took a communications position with Colorado’s attorney general, John Suthers.
Until recently, Grand Junction had two Republican gubernatorial candidates, Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry and former congressman Scott McInnis. Penry recently bowed out of contention, leaving McInnis and Evergreen businessman Dan Maes to vie for the nomination.