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Signal promotes two to editor spots

Lowrey city editor; Premako edits business/opinion; Peeples back online full-time

Posted: October 24, 2009 8:17 p.m.
Updated: October 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Signal Senior Staff Writer Brandon Lowrey has been promoted to city editor, and Senior Staff Writer Josh Premako has been promoted to the newly created position of opinion/business editor.

“Brandon and Josh are familiar with the Santa Clarita Valley and and its issues, and have proven their strengths as Signal reporters and editors,” said Lila Littlejohn, managing editor for The Signal, the SCV’s top news source.

“Their promotions demonstrate Publisher Ian Lamont’s commitment to local news coverage and to amplifying The Signal’s voice as a leader in this community.”

Lowrey, 26, graduated from Canyon High School in 2001, attended College of the Canyons’ journalism program — including writing and editing for the Canyon Call student newspaper — and graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins in 2007.

Lowrey was a staff writer at The Signal from 2003-2005. After graduating, he worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News before returning to The Signal as senior staff writer in May.

“I come to work every day with the goal of bringing our readers relevant and thought-provoking news stories tailored to this dynamic community,” Lowrey said Friday. “You won’t find that commitment anywhere else.”

“This is an exciting time for the Santa Clarita Valley, and I intend to make sure our news coverage reflects that.”

Premako, 30, has reported news, run the city desk, served as a photographer and designed pages during his 4 1/2 years with The Signal.

“I look forward to ensuring the Opinion page remains a place for the paper to be an authoritative voice in the community and serve as an open forum for the minds of our valley to voice their passions with civility and authenticity,” Premako said.

“The business page will continue to be the local source for breaking business-related news, as well as a place to spotlight the people and places that make up our local business community.”

Premako’s promotion allows Signal Online Editor Stephen K. Peeples, who served as interim daily Opinion page editor since spring, to return his focus full-time to Web-related tasks.

“As a senior editor, Stephen stepped in when and where he was needed most and did a great job editing Opinion,” Littlejohn said.

“These well-deserved promotions elevate the standard and add new energy in The Signal’s newsroom," Peeples said, "and the timing is perfect because on the New Media side we have exciting new digital products and interactive features we’re preparing to launch online.”

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