The next chapter begins at CCM


This week marks a transition in editorial leadership for Colorado Community Media, publisher of your hometown newspapers.

After 13 years with these papers, longtime Managing Editor Chris Rotar is leaving to pursue other directions. Our papers are outstanding journalistic products in great measure because of Chris’ leadership and commitment to the mission of community journalism. We greatly appreciate his outstanding work and dedication and wish him well as he tackles his next adventure.

We are excited to introduce Mark Harden, a veteran, award-winning journalist in the Denver area, as the new editor of all our publications — the 18 metro-area weeklies and the two Denver monthlies. (You’ll find his column on the Local Voices page this week.)

It has been an interesting process, conducting interviews for the position and introducing Mark to the newsroom and staff, during these COVID-19 times. We have been working remotely since mid-March. Mark, who came on board three weeks ago, has had to meet everyone — and learn our production systems — all by videoconferences.

We are thrilled about the extensive print and digital experience and leadership he brings to our newsroom and can’t wait until we’re able to work with him face-to-face.

Mark worked at the Denver Post from 1993-2007 in various positions, as city editor of a 35-reporter desk; online news, state/regional and national/foreign news editor; and music critic. He launched online breaking news coverage at the Post and expanded it at the Denver Business Journal, where he worked from 2007-2018 as reporter, new media editor and news director. He then spent a year and a half as managing editor of Colorado Politics, a weekly magazine and digital outlet of the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Before joining the Post, he was a reporter and editor at daily newspapers in San Francisco and the Seattle area, covering politics, science/environment, business/development and local government. He has been freelance reporting and editing since October. He has won many national and regional awards for his work over his career.

Mark and his wife have lived in Centennial for 22 years; his two children attended Cherry Creek schools. He is passionate about the importance of local news to a community and delivering the best journalistic products we can.

We are excited to work with Mark — and for you to get to know him— as he helps us move forward with the next chapter at Colorado Community Media.

Jerry Healey is the president and publisher of Colorado Community Media. He can be reached at


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