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Josh Awtry is the executive editor of the Fort Collins Coloradoan, Northern Colorado's largest news source. Before his current assignment, he was the editor of the Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho, and Assistant Managing Editor at The Salt Lake Tribune, where he oversaw the paper's digital operation and presentation.

His focus on non-linear storytelling techniques and belief in direct conversation between journalists and the public have brought him recognition from, among others, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Society of News Design and The Poynter Institute. He believes in an all-out, transparent approach to engaging with readers in the hope of creating rich discussions that will improve community discourse.

He was named Gannett's 2012 Innovator of the Year for his work in reinventing the Coloradoan's news operation and creating a cohesive, data-driven and community-focused team that interacts closely with Fort Collins. That year, Coloradoan was also named the most innovative news organization in the state by the Colorado Press Association.

Awtry got his start at community papers in Nebraska (The Hastings Tribune and Grand Island Independent) before working at The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. After a brief stint back in Nebraska, the Awtry family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2004, and Twin Falls, Idaho, in 2011. He currently resides in Fort Collins with his wife, Karenna, their two children and too many pets.


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