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Chris Peck named associate editor of The Ranger

Jun 20, 2013 - Staff

A nationally acclaimed newspaperman with roots in Fremont County has joined The Ranger's masthead.

Chris Peck has been named associate editor of Fremont County's daily newspaper. He recently retired as editor of the Memphis Commercial Appeal in Memphis, a position he held for 10 years.

Peck is set to become one of the few figures in American journalism to have held two of the most prestigious titles in the profession. He is on track to become president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors next year, and he is a past president of The Associated Press Managing Editors.

He has been a judge for the Pulitzer Prize and is a multiple award winner for column writing in both Memphis and the Pacific Northwest. Most recently his general interest columns were voted best in Tennessee in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In Memphis, the Commercial Appeal was voted Tennessee's best newspaper several times under his editorship.

Before his tenure in Memphis, Peck was the Belo Distinguished Chair in Journalism at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, which followed a 22-year career as editor of the Spokane Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. Under his tenure, the Spokesman-Review was a perennial winner of the Washington newspaper general excellence prize and was named by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the 25 best newspapers in the United States

He was cofounder of the National Newspaper Credibility Roundtables, a 50-state project funded by the Ford Foundation to identify ways to improve the accuracy and accountability of local journalism. He was instrumental in the creation of the New Directions for News initiative, which created new ways for ordinary citizens to become contacts and new sources for journalists.

Earlier in his career, Peck was the editor of the Twin Falls (Idaho) Times News and the Wood River Journal in Hailey, Idaho.

A 1968 graduate of Riverton High School, Peck holds a degree in journalism from Stanford University, where he was a reporter for the Stanford Daily.

He continues to live In Memphis, where he is the associate director of the Pyramid Peak Foundation, which operates as a philanthropic supporter of educational reform and other community initiatives in greater Memphis. The foundation reportedly has an endowment of $1 billion, which is to be disbursed to philanthropic causes over the next decade.

Chris Peck is the brother of Ranger publisher Steve Peck and the son of the founder and longtime publisher of The Ranger, the late Robert A. Peck.

In his work as a associate editor for The Ranger, Peck plans to write a regular column and consult on issues related to news coverage, special editions and general newspaper management.

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