Managing editor switch for Tribune |

Managing editor switch for Tribune

After almost six years as managing editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Claire Fortier is stepping down from management this week and passing the baton to former City Editor Lisa Donahue. Fortier will remain at the Tribune as editor of the opinion page.

“What I would really want to do is to develop the Tribune as a community forum,” she said. “It is awfully difficult to manage the day-to-day running of the newspaper and find the time to produce an editorial page that engages the whole community.

“Lisa has all the energy, enthusiasm, and talent to run the news product. Now I have the opportunity to devote my energy to editorials and the editorial pages.”

“I am excited to take over where Claire has left off,” Donahue said. “I have some pretty big shoes to fill but I am looking forward to making the Tribune a quality publication that the community can be proud of. We have a very talented group of writers that strive to give the readers the most update, accurate information.”

Donahue is a newcomer to the Lake Tahoe area. She moved to South Shore from San Diego last summer where she was the senior editor at the San Diego Newspaper Group for three years.

Fortier, with her 20 years plus in journalism, has earned the reputation of not being afraid to voice her opinions. Whether readers agree or not, her editorials never fail to generate discussion.

Fortier started her journalism career in 1979 as a correspondent for the Virginian-Pilot, in Norfolk, Va., her home state. After graduation Fortier worked abroad and on the East Coast as a free-lancer for the Associated Press and newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post. She earned international recognition with a story she wrote in Belfast, Northern Ireland on a Catholic woman, with family ties to the Irish Republican Army, working in a Protestant bar frequented by Protestant extremists.

After spending a year in Paris working as an editor for the International Herald Tribune, Fortier returned to the United States and moved west to an editor position in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

“From there I saw the job with the Tribune, and the rest is history,” Fortier said.

With her new move to editorial page editor, Fortier has accomplished one of her biggest goals in life, “which is to have the ability to wear blue jeans everyday.”

Still, even in her new dress code, Fortier plans to be a regular in the Tribune’s pages.

“My aim is to do two editorials a week, but it really doesn’t matter who writes the editorials as long as ideas are brought forward.

“I would really like to see the editorial page opened up, connected with the Internet, and to reader phone lines,” Fortier said.

“I want to explore issues in-depth, such as schools, not just based on teacher salaries but really looking at using our schools to set up our children for the best future possible.

“I also believe residents need to recognize the South Shore as one community, despite the state line. Division between groups and jurisdictions always disappears in the face of any type of adversity. Sustaining that unity through the good times is sometimes more difficult to maintain.”

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