The East Valley Tribune has turned to one of its own to lead its newsroom after the New Year.
Brett Fera, a veteran Valley journalist and editor, will become the publication’s next managing editor, publisher Terry Horne announced last week.
“Brett’s knowledge about the people and institutions of the East Valley should assure readers that the Tribune’s local news focus will continue,” Horne said. “He is a news professional but just as importantly is a champion for Arizona and especially our part of Arizona.”
Fera, who holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication and an MBA, both from the University of Arizona, said he’s “humbled, but ready for the challenge” of managing both the print newspaper and EastValleyTribune.com.
Fera replaces CeCe Todd at the helm of the Tribune’s award-winning news team. Todd long served as a Tribune education reporter, news editor and managing editor, and will become public information officer for the East Valley Institute of Technology.
Todd said she’s looking forward to her new opportunity at EVIT, which earned national acclaim earlier this year in a Time Magazine piece titled “Learning that Works.” EVIT is also home to one of the Tribune’s Valley media partners, The Goldmine radio station. The Goldmine, featuring commercial-free programming, can be heard at 90.7 FM and 92.7 FM.
“I have dearly loved being a part of the East Valley Tribune since 1998,” Todd said, “and I wish nothing but the very best for the Tribune in the future.”
After stints with the Tribune, the Ahwatukee Foothills News and the Casa Grande Dispatch family of publications, Fera returned to EVT late last year as its web editor.
He most recently worked a short time within the marketing department of 1013 Communications, parent company of six Arizona publications, including the Tribune. The chance to move back to the newsroom was an unexpected one, he said, but not one he was willing to pass up.
“The impact the Tribune has had on this region is immeasurable,” Fera said. “I look forward to working to add to that legacy.”