New manager takes over Tribune newsroom |

New manager takes over Tribune newsroom

Sally J. Taylor

A new managing editor takes the helm of the Tahoe Daily Tribune newsroom Aug. 1.

Tim Traeger, previously the Tribune’s assistant managing editor, will succeed Claire Fortier, who plans to pursue other career goals while remaining on the South Shore.

“Tim has been working under Claire and in the community for almost five years,” said Tribune Publisher Loren C. Abbott.

“He has the background and experience that certainly qualify him for this position. I feel Tim will be able to give leadership to the Tribune’s well-trained, knowledgeable editorial team.”

Traeger, 33, came to the newspaper in February 1993 as features editor. He was promoted to news editor and then to assistant managing editor, the position he has held for the past three years.

“One of my goals is not only to make the Tribune a must-read for those who care about the events of our town, but to have the paper become more responsive and sensitive to our readers’ needs,” Traeger said.

“There is great hope for this town, despite what can be perceived as an identity crisis – we’re a rural town with urban problems.”

Traeger was born and raised in Glendale, Calif. He graduated in 1988 from California State University, Northridge with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.

Before coming to the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Traeger worked as city editor at the Glendale News Press, Burbank Leader and Foothill Leader. Traeger decided to leave Southern California for a better lifestyle after reporting on the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

At the Tribune, Traeger worked with Fortier during the newspaper’s extensive redesign and increasing tally of awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association, Nevada Newspaper Publishers Association, and the National Newspaper Association.

“It’s great to be able to promote someone from within the staff, who’s been, essentially, working with a professional such as Claire,” Abbott said.

The publisher praised Fortier’s contributions to the newspaper during her four years as the Tribune’s managing editor.

“Claire has been a tremendous resource for the community and a great resource for me,” Abbott continued.

Besides pursuing freelance writing and photography, Fortier plans to teach at Lake Tahoe Community College. She also hopes to pioneer a reporter and photographer training program for Swift Publishing, owner of the Tahoe Daily Tribune and a number of small daily and weekly newspapers in the western United States.

Fortier also expects to pursue other opportunities in the community.

“I’m open to all possibilities,” Fortier said. “This is my home and I will remain involved. I feel I have a lot to offer the community.

“I’ll enjoy the diversity of challenges as opposed to focusing daily on the newspaper.”

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