ATASCADERO — Kevin Davis, a former group publisher from southern California with more than 30 years of newspaper experience, has joined the Atascadero News and the Paso Robles Press as publisher.
Davis said he will bring his years of experience to the newspapers while focusing on community and advertiser needs. He said he also looks forward to leading the newspaper staff while getting involved in the community.
“Ultimately, we want to continue to focus on what the community is looking for and ask, ‘what is most important to them?’” Davis said of his plans for the newspapers: “Our biggest challenge is going to be carrying that flag; we are your community newspaper and we do it better and more regularly than any other source out there.”
Davis, who began his career in community newspapers in central Texas and east Texas where he was raised, has worked in several markets around the country, including Indiana, Georgia, Nevada and central and southern California.
Davis was the VP of Advertising at the Merced
Davis said he understands community news and the importance of newspapers in small towns and he said he looks forward to listening to community members to ensure the newspapers deliver the communities’ needs.
“Community news is very important — it’s the kind of news that you really don’t find anywhere but your community newspaper and it’s the news that’s important to people,” Davis said. “It’s news you talk with your neighbor about, what’s happening with your City Council, on your streets, in your schools and it’s important information that really affects us in our backyards.”
Davis said he looks forward to working for newspapers that have a long, rich history in the area and stated that because the weekly publications serve an integral purpose in the local community, serving the community would be central to his mission.
“There are monthly and daily publications out there but none of them are as ingrained in the community,” Davis said. “These weekly publications are important to the community and we want to continue to capitalize on serving the community’s needs.”