- Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - The Las Vegas Optic has named the editor of an Iowa newspaper as its next newsroom leader.

The northern New Mexico newspaper announced (https://goo.gl/JkeimJ) that Jason W. Brooks started this month as the publication’s new editor.

Brooks most recently served as editor at the Boone News-Republican in Boone, Iowa, near Des Moines.

A graduated of the University of New Mexico, Brooks started his journalism career as a sports reporter at El Defensor Chieftain in Socorro, then at the Valencia County News Bulletin. He then worked for publications in Nebraska and Iowa.

Brooks replaces Martin Salazar, who stepped down in February to take a job as a reporter with the Albuquerque Journal.

Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., the Optic’s parent company, is based in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

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