Berkeley Daily Planet co-founders Arnold Lee and Ed Carse have promoted Kurtis Alexander to the position of editor in chief of the Berkeley Daily Planet.
Alexander has been working as weekend editor and news reporter at the Daily Planet since April and is now assuming command of the paper’s editorial department.
Alexander comes to the position with a background in community journalism, having worked most recently for the San Mateo-based Independent Newspaper Group, the San Francisco Examiner and The Fresno Bee.“My focus will be delving deeper into some of the local issues and broadening our coverage, while at the same time sharpening the writing and reporting in our newsroom,” he said.
“Berkeley is blessed with an abundance of cultural and intellectual activism. It deserves a first-rate community paper,” he added.
Lee expects Alexander’s promotion at the three-year old newspaper to enhance the quality and quantity of coverage and continue providing in-depth local news to the paper’s growing readership.
“Kurtis, since joining us earlier this year as our weekend editor, has already demonstrated strong leadership, editing, and reporting skills,” Lee said. “He also has been successful as a reporter and editor with other newspapers.”