Publisher announces plans to step down

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Los Alamos Monitor Publisher Keven Todd has announced that he will step down from the post at the end of the year.

In a meeting with staff Todd reviewed progress the multimedia news and information organization has made since he came on board as publisher in August of 2009.

“I made a commitment to this operation and to the community to revitalize the Los Alamos Monitor,” Todd said. “The financial performance judged against a number of key benchmarks has continued to improve over the last three years—during a very challenging time for the economy both locally and across the nation. We’ve done a good job of diversifying our revenue streams, and there’s a strong team in place who have worked diligently to improve the value we deliver to our readers and advertisers. With those things accomplished, this is an opportune time for me to step aside to make way for fresh leadership who can take this operation to its next level.”

During his tenure, Todd led a revamp of the weekly entertainment guide, Diversions, changing the format from a tabloid to its current broadsheet format which allowed for a bolder visual presentation and also made it easier for advertisers to crossover from the daily newspaper.  He also oversaw the re-launch of the newspaper’s website, LAMonitor.com, and the initiation of its paywall.  Earlier this year, the newspaper rolled out its mobile site. Todd also developed and launched the first glossy magazine in the market called Los Alamos Life. The award-winning annual magazine gained popularity because it showcases the photography skills of the newspaper’s readers. In addition to numerous awards, the newspaper also won back to back General Excellence awards in 2011 and 2012.

“In the big picture scheme of things, those achievements are relatively minor,” Todd said. “In retrospect, perhaps my biggest accomplishment involved my ability to step back and make the critical assessments of our strengths and weaknesses in order to make the changes that needed to be made to develop a really strong team. These very talented individuals who comprise our team here are the real heroes because they are truly dedicated to serving this community day in and day out. I have no doubt this operation will continue to flourish.”

With more than three decades in the publishing business, Todd said that he and his wife Jarda will be relocating to Dover, Del., where he will become publisher of the Dover Post and Gatehouse Media’s Delaware holdings which include five other newspapers and a monthly shopper along with affiliated digital operations.

Landmark Community Newspapers, the parent company of the Los Alamos Monitor, has launched a national search for Todd’s successor.  The company is seeking a strong, business-minded publisher to meet the needs of the community, advertisers and readers. Anyone interested in pursuing the opportunity should visit the Job Opportunities section at lcni.com.