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A veteran journalist with more than 25 years of newspaper experience, John Severance comes on board as the new editor of the Los Alamos Monitor, effective Dec. 1.
Publisher Keven Todd made the announcement to staff yesterday. Severance steps in to replace former editor Garrison Wells who had to return to Colorado to provide care for his parents.
His mother was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.
“Severance has a depth of experience we were lucky to find,” Todd said. “John has worked at the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Lexington Herald Leader in Kentucky and the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.
spent the last year as the editor of the Mountain Mail, a weekly newspaper in southern New Mexico.”
Severance was a member of the award-winning sports department at the Palm Beach Post, which won an unprecedented eight Associated Press Sports Editor’s Triple Crown awards in a row.
“We’re looking forward to John becoming actively engaged in day-to-day management of the newsroom,” Todd said. “His background and experience make a good fit with our overall drive to continuously improve our local content for readers.”
In addition to journalism, Severance’s other passions include horses. Severance lives in the Santa Fe area and owns a small horse ranch with his girlfriend Jill, who is a hunter jumper trainer as well as a restaurant manager.
While living in Kentucky, they bred a horse that turned out to be one of the top hunter-jumpers in the Southwest, and also became a stakes-winning horse that earned more than $200,000.
Severance, a Penn State graduate, grew up in the Washington, D.C. area.