Colbert’s last day with publication will be February 25
Ethan Colbert, editor of the Bowling Green Times since 2015 and a longtime reporter for the newspaper, announced his resignation on Monday.
Colbert, 28, said he has accepted a position with the Quincy Herald-Whig, where he will work as an investigative reporter covering local and county governments in both Illinois and Missouri. He will also work as a features writer for the daily newspaper.
“I’ve always said that it would take a special kind of job to pull me away from Bowling Green,” Colbert said in his announcement. “This job at Quincy is that kind of a job.”
Colbert’s last day with the local weekly newspaper will be February 25.
According to Bowling Green Times Publisher Ron Schott, the search to find and hire Colbert’s successor is underway. The local newspaper’s parent company hopes to announce the newspaper’s newest editor soon, said Schott.
“Ethan has done great work during his time here,” Schott said. “As he leaves, I hope we can all appreciate his efforts to significantly improve our newspaper during his tenure.”
Schott said that Colbert’s leadership and commitment to keeping the Pike County community informed will be hard to replace. However, with the Times’ award-winning reputation, he is confident a number of qualified applicants will apply for the editor position.
Colbert, a native of Frankford, started his career as an intern with the Times in 2008.
That internship led him to discover his passion for journalism and he later studied at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.
He graduated with dual degrees from the state’s flagship school in 2015.
During his time at MU, Colbert interned and worked at a number of newspapers across the state including the Columbia Missourian, the Jefferson City News Tribune, the Buffalo Reflex, the Cedar County Republican and Stockton City Journal, and the Washington Missourian.
He was officially named editor of the Bowling Green Times on June 1, 2015.
During his years at the newspaper, the Times was once again recognized as one of the state’s premier weekly newspapers earning more than 30 Missouri Press Association awards.
Among those awards received by the paper’s staff were awards for best coverage of rural life and agriculture, best investigative reporting, best editorial writing, and best stories covering religion, history, the outdoors, and many other topics.
Last fall, Colbert was recognized as the state’s Outstanding Young Journalist Under 30 at a weekly newspaper by the Missouri Press Association.
Colbert expanded the Times’ coverage of local businesses, sports and features in an effort to appeal to more readers.
Under his tenure, the newspaper officially rebranded its two magazine sections, People of Pike and Traveler Magazine.
In addition, Colbert also oversaw special one-time publications of “24 Hours in Photos: Documenting One Day Of Living in Pike County” and other special sections.
“In many ways, I hope the Times has become a more modern and broader newspaper serving a wide range of interests,” Colbert said. “I hope though that despite this redesign that the newspaper’s readers never felt that we had strayed from our commitment to the communities we serve.”