By Jen Kocher, Cowboy State Daily
Cowboy State Daily on Wednesday announced the addition of Leo Wolfson to the digital news organization’s staff.
Wolfson will take over state government and political reporting duties for Cowboy State Daily effective immediately.
Jimmy Orr, editor of Cowboy State Daily, said the addition of Wolfson is an important hire for many reasons.
“As we carefully and deliberately grow our staff, we will choose people who already have a good understanding of Wyoming and Wyoming values,” Orr said.
“Leo has done a great job at the Cody Enterprise and we have been impressed with his work for some time,” he said.
Jim Angell, managing editor for Cowboy State Daily, said the state government and political reporting job is a plum assignment in Wyoming because reporters have direct access to decision makers without the intervention of a spokesperson.
“In Washington, D.C., everything goes through a spokesperson. That’s not the case in Wyoming. If the people voted for you in Wyoming, they expect to hear directly from you,” Angell said. “Of course that extends to our Wyoming delegation in Washington as well.”
At the Cody Enterprise, Wolfson covered politics, environmental issues, and courts and crime.
“When the chance to cover state politics for Cowboy State Daily came around it was an opportunity I could not pass up,” Wolfson said. “I couldn’t be more excited to cover those making critical decisions for the future of Wyoming. I’m also proud to be reporting for Cowboy State Daily, a news organization with great talent, a strong sense of ethics and an extremely bright future.”
“Leo is a real pro,” Angell added. “We are fortunate he’s joining our team.”
Wolfson is the latest addition to the to Cowboy State Daily since the news organization was acquired in February.
Last month, the voice of the Wyoming Cowboys, Dave Walsh, and Clair McFarland, formerly of the Riverton Ranger, both joined the organization.
Cowboy State Daily will continue to add journalists to cover a number of beats including energy, business and tourism, public lands and wildlife, and agriculture.
“We’re not stopping there,” Orr said. “This is just to get us to a firm starting point for Cowboy State Daily 2.0. We’ve got more exciting announcements to come. Stay tuned.”