- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An editor from the Kansas City Star has been named the new top editor for the Idaho Statesman.

The Boise newspaper (http://bit.ly/28QU1am ) reports Rhonda Prast, assistant managing editor for digital at the Kansas City Star, will begin her new job as Statesman editor and vice president on Aug. 1.

Idaho Statesman Publisher Debra Leithauser lauded Prast’s digital experience, leadership skills and journalistic integrity.

“Rhonda’s mix of talents will help the newsroom continue to do great journalism that matters to our community,” said Leithauser. “She knows where our industry is going, where our readers’ interests? are and how best to connect with them. It’s an exciting opportunity for the Statesman and for Boise.”

Prast said she plans to spend a few months learning about the Statesman and the community before initiating ideas on how to shape coverage.

“Doing great journalism and growing our digital audience will remain the top priority,” she said. “Investigative and opinion journalism that can effect change remains a top priority.”

Prast worked as a page designer and magazine art director at the Miami Herald and Seattle Times before joining the Minneapolis star in 1999. She focused on print journalism before shifting to digital journalism in 2006.

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