Longtime journalist Chris Roberts began work Wednesday as managing editor of The Daily Times, succeeding Troy Turner as the Farmington paper’s top editor, The Daily Times reported.
Roberts had worked since 2005 at the El Paso Times, where he was most recently an investigative reporter, according to The Daily Times. Both papers share the same parent company, Digital First Media.
Turner was promoted to Digital First’s news team in New York City.
Roberts, 59, a 25-year veteran of the newspaper business (including a stint with the Albuquerque Journal and seven years with The Associated Press), covered science, the military, politics and environmental affairs in El Paso, according to a farewell piece in the El Paso Times.
He conducted investigative projects for the Times, including a piece about individuals who claimed military honors they didn’t earn, the Times said.
“Chris has produced remarkable journalism throughout his time in El Paso,” said Bob Moore, editor of the Times and vice president of news for the Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership, which includes The Daily Times. “He’ll be a big loss for our staff. But he will be a tremendous leader for the Farmington news team, helping them produce impactful journalism for the Four Corners region.”
Born in Holdenville, Okla., Roberts spent much his childhood in various countries overseas, the Times said.
He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan and a master’s in journalism from the University of Colorado.