Exactly three months to the day was Kevin Richert's last day at the Statesman. Meet Robert Ehlert, the Statesman's new Opinion Page editor.
Bob arrived in the Treasure Valley late Monday afternoon and hit the ground running. At dinner that evening, he met Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who was not shy with his opinion regarding our editorial pages. Bob attended the annual Boise Rotary Century Scholars event meeting Tuesday night, talking to students and community leaders.
Bob is an accomplished writer and editor, named one of three finalists for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in Newspaper Feature Writing while at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune for a series about a priest who abused young boys all over the Upper Midwest. He's also a Uof I grad - University of Iowa, that is, earning his degree in journalism. Bob was raised and educated in Iowa, with work experience at the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Sacramento Bee.
You'll read Bob's column on Sunday, where he will "tell his story." But what's more important is that he will want to hear your story. He is interested in your opinions, viewpoints and historical perspective. Your voices - local voices - are important to our community and to this newspaper.
That's doesn't mean we will not be writing strong editorials. We will take positions on important issues, some that will be unpopular, but we also will be uncompromising. Most of all, we invite you into the conversation. Through your letters, tweets and Facebook posts, Bob wants to hear from you. Here is his contact information:
I'm confident Bob is going to like it here. He's an active guy - swimming and cycling - a guitar player and an aspiring foodie.
Please welcome Bob to Idaho.