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The Los Alamos Monitor has brought onboard a 20-year veteran journalist with an investigative and business reporting background as its new editor.
“It’s my pleasure to announce that following an extensive national search, Garrison Wells has joined the paper to lead the news operation,” said Monitor Publisher Keven Todd. “Garrison not only brings solid traditional journalistic skills to the table, but he also possesses the multimedia skills needed to add an even deeper dimension to the strides we’re making at lamonitor.com.”
Wells has worked at the nation’s largest publishing firms, including Gannett Co., McClatchy Corp., Knight Ridder, Newhouse, and American City Business Journals. Newspapers include The Denver Post, Denver Business Journal, and Grand Rapids Press in Michigan, Lansing State Journal and The Sun News in Myrtle Beach. In Lansing and Myrtle Beach, Wells served as the business editor.
He was the managing editor of the Nashville Business Journal and at ConnectivHealth, which published medical publications online and by newsletter.
Wells has garnered some accolades along the way, winning the Morton
Margolin Prize from the University of Denver and an American Eagle from the American City Business Journals chain for top investigative story of the year for an investigation of automotive chop shops.
He is coming to Los Alamos from Denver, where he was a freelance writer, Financial Fraud writer for Examiner.com and a financial investigator for Financial Forensic Services.
He attended the University of Colorado and is a recent graduate of an editorial writer’s program at The First Amendment Center and the Diversity Institute in the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University and earned his certification as a legal investigator from the University of Colorado. He is also a graduate of Gannett regional leadership and management programs, leadership training in Michigan, managing editor training at ACBJ and he has taught seminars on investigative reporting.
His interests include the martial arts, guitar, fly fishing, the outdoors, golf and tennis. Wells has black belts in jujitsu, karate and weapons and has taught martial arts in several states. He is also a published poet.
He has one daughter, Ianthe, who lives in Denver. His parents, Al and Miyoko, live in Colorado Springs and his sister, Karen, lives in Arvada, Co.
“Garrison is a welcome addition to the Monitor team, and I believe he will be instrumental in achieving substantial improvements in the newsroom operation,” Todd said. “This is a key role in our overall initiative to deliver news and information products that better serve our readers and advertisers.”