John Boogert will be the new executive editor of the Centre Daily Times, President and Publisher Debra Leithauser said Monday.
Boogert comes from the Wichita Eagle — which, like the CDT, is owned by The McClatchy Co. — where he’s been the deputy editor since 2009. He replaces Chip Minemyer, who left the CDT in June to become editor at the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown.
“John will bring the right mix of journalistic excellence, digital experience and community engagement to the Centre Daily Times,” Leithauser said. “I’m thrilled for the CDT and for State College to have him at the helm.”
Boogert is expected to start Sept. 2.
During his stint as deputy editor in Wichita, he directed digital news operations, assumed responsibility for all content across the newsroom and launched niche apps for the Wichita State Shockers and high school football. He oversaw coverage when tornadoes ripped through Kansas, and also when the Shockers made it to the Final Four.
“I’m truly honored and beyond ecstatic to join such a talented team at the Centre Daily Times in beautiful State College,” he said. “In my 35-year career, I’ve been fortunate to have worked with some of the best in the business, at papers of all sizes. I look forward to helping make the CDT and its staff the best of the best.”
Before his time at Wichita, Boogert spent nearly 18 years at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. There, he and his team covered major stories, including the Columbine school shooting, a tragedy he said taught him the importance of being sensitive and in tune with a community when the unspeakable occurs close to home.
“In my role I will do everything in my power to help make the CDT and its staff better, and to make State College an even better place to live,” he said. “We will be watchdogs, but also community leaders. We will be nimble, relevant and indispensable.”
A Utah State graduate, Boogert noticed parallels during his July visit to State College. Utah State is located in Cache Valley, affectionately known as Happy Valley, and also has an on-campus creamery.
“I think it was clear when I got to town — the whole time I was visiting I felt happy,” Boogert said of his trip to State College. “You can tell it’s a great town.”
Boogert recently celebrated his 30th anniversary with his wife, Laurie. They have three sons: 25-year-old twins A.J. and Ryan, who live together in the Denver area; and 21-year-old Will, a senior at the University of Tulsa.