The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 27, 2014

The Tribune-Democrat names editor

JOHNSTOWN — Chip Minemyer, editor of The Tribune-Democrat from 2004-12, is returning to the newspaper company, Publisher Robin L. Quillon announced Tuesday.

Minemyer will return as editor on June 23.

“We are fortunate to have Chip return to The Tribune-Democrat as editor,” Quillon said.

“His vast knowledge and experience, especially in this region, will further solidify The Tribune-Democrat as the No. 1 source of news and information across all multimedia platforms that our readers are accustomed to receiving every day."

Since April 2012, Minemyer has been executive editor of the State College-based Centre Daily Times, where he helped guide that company’s award-winning coverage of the Jerry Sandusky trial and the fallout from the child sex-abuse scandal at Penn State.

In Johnstown, Minemyer replaces Eric Knopsnyder, who left The Tribune-Democrat in May to join a newspaper company in Hawaii.

“We wish Eric the very best in his new opportunity,” Quillon said.  

Minemyer’s previous tenure at The Tribune-Democrat included production of several books by The Tribune-Democrat staff, including “Disaster’s Wake,” a look at the 1977 Johnstown flood, and “Heroes Were Made,” for the 10th anniversary of the crash of Flight 93.

In 2008, The Tribune-Democrat was named Newspaper of the Year by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., its parent company.

“I look forward to returning to the Cambria-Somerset region and again working with Robin and the talented and dedicated staff of The Tribune-Democrat,” Minemyer said.

“It is an incredible community with a great mix of history and culture, service and commerce. I am excited for the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and to make new ones, and to again help lead news coverage for such an interesting and significant region.”

The Centre Daily Times won the Keystone Press Awards “Sweepstakes” in 2013. The award is given to the top newspaper in its circulation category in statewide judging. The newspaper added numerous state and regional awards in 2014.

During his first stint as editor in Johnstown, Minemyer helped guide:

- “Homelands,” a 2010 monthly newspaper series about the region’s ethnic roots; the series was developed into a book.

- Development of two local high school sports events, the AmeriServ Senior Hoops Showcase and Santa Fund Soccer Classic.

- The Santa Fund project, which provided Christmas gifts to young people whose families faced financial hardship.

He was active with community organizations such as the United Way, Red Cross and Lift Johnstown.

Minemyer and his wife, Amy, have two children, Paige of Hollidaysburg and Brandon of State College.


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