By Bryan Horwath
DICKINSON, N.D. – The Dickinson Press didn’t go far in its search for a managing editor.
Calling his promotion a “dream come true,” Press Sports Editor Dustin Monke has been tapped to lead the newspaper’s entire newsroom.
“I’m excited to start this new chapter in my life and in my career,” Monke said. “I’m ready to tackle the challenges that come with being the managing editor of a newspaper. We hope to continue to provide southwest North Dakota with the excellent coverage that The Dickinson Press has been known for, while also improving in some facets of how we present readers the news both in print and online.”
Monke, a 2002 graduate of New England (N.D.) High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2006. He worked for Forum Communications Co., which owns The Dickinson Press, as a sports clerk and sports reporting intern at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead while in school.
After a brief stint as editor of The Herald in New England, where he got his start as a reporter while still in high school, Monke was hired to head up the Press sports department in July 2006 and won multiple awards for his work.
Also ascending to a new role at The Press is Klark Byrd, who will be news editor. He started at The Press in 2011 as a copy editor.
Monke replaces Jennifer McBride, who left the newspaper in February to take an editor position in her home state of Wisconsin.
Bryan Horwath is a reporter at The Dickinson Press.
The Dickinson Press is owned by Forum Communications Co. Forum Communications is a multimedia information company based in Fargo, and owns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.