Newspaper has new editor

Erin Knutson takes over the position this week

Erin Knutson is taking over as the new editor of The Hope Standard.

She brings over six years of communications experience to the job, holding a Bachelor of Communications Studies degree from the University of Calgary and a Journalism Diploma with honours, with a major in photojournalism, from SAIT Polytechnic.

After spending a year at the Columbia Valley Pioneer and the Valley Echo newspapers in Invermere B.C., Knutson looks forward to relocating to the community and getting to know the Hope area.

“It is my express interest as a journalist to report on the stories that matter and gain insight from you, our valuable readers and contributors,” said Knutson. “As a community paper, I will continue to uphold the values of the people here and keep my door open to all of you. Thank you for welcoming me — I look forward to meeting you.”

Knutson is replacing Kerrie-Ann Schoenit as of Feb. 27, who is leaving to pursue personal interests after joining the newspaper in June 2011.

“It’s been an honour and privilege to serve this community over the last few years,” said Schoenit. “I’ve loved this job and enjoyed getting to know so many great people. Leaving is definitely bittersweet, but I look forward to the next step in my life and career.”