Cowboy State Daily has named longtime Wyoming journalist Greg Johnson as managing editor, the news organization announced on Sunday. He replaces Jim Angell, who passed on in August.
Johnson, who has more than 30 years of experience as a writer and editor, is experienced with and passionate about covering Western issues and politics.
Most recently, he led the newsroom at the Laramie Boomerang. Before then, he spent more than seven years in the same role at the Gillette News Record.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to add Greg Johnson to our masthead,” Executive Editor Jimmy Orr said.
Orr emphasized the importance of a strong connection between a region, its people and the writers who catalogue their stories.
“We are a Wyoming news organization that is solely focused on Wyoming. Therefore, it’s necessary to have real Wyoming credentials to be in the role of managing editor,” Orr said.
“Not only has Greg overseen award-winning journalism but he understands the culture of Wyoming,” Orr said. “We’re fortunate to have him join our team.”
Johnson said Wyoming represents the Western values he was raised with and that covering its important issues and stories is a passion shared among the talented and uniquely experienced writers at Cowboy State Daily.
“We’ve gathered the most experienced, best journalistic talent in the state,” Johnson said. “And they all have Wyoming roots. They live here and understand Wyoming in a way that shows in their writing. It’s exciting to be part of that.
“There’s a reason Cowboy State Daily has quickly grown to become Wyoming’s leading and most trusted news source,” he said. “Our readers recognize the high-level journalism happening here and trust us to bring them well-researched and written stories. More importantly, everyone here has an intense passion for being journalists and for the Cowboy State.”
Cowboy State Daily was founded in January, 2019 by Jimmy Orr and Annaliese Wiederspahn and is Wyoming’s largest news organization.