After 30 years, Herald publisher steps down

After 30 years, Herald publisher steps down

Richard Ballantine will remain chairman of Ballantine Communications board
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Richard Ballantine, CEO of Ballantine Communications Inc. and publisher of The Durango Herald, tells the company’s staff Tuesday that he will be stepping down as leader of the company.
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Christy Pollard, who has worked for Richard Ballantine for almost 30 years, becomes a little emotional after Ballantine announced on Tuesday he will be stepping down in May as CEO of Ballantine Communications Inc. and publisher of The Durango Herald.
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In 1968, Richard Ballantine, center, and William Ballantine, left, went to serve in the Vietnam War as their family saw them off from the pressroom in the basement of the Herald building, including, from left, sister Elizabeth Ballantine, father, Arthur Ballantine, and sister Helen Ballantine.
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The Colorado Press Association, a statewide organization of media outlets, honored Richard Ballantine in 1997 as its News Person of the Year.
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The Herald’s board of directors, made up of the Ballantine family, meet for the first time in 1974. Standing, from left, Arthur, Helen, Richard, Bill and Elizabeth, and seated, Morley Ballantine. Nine years later, Richard, son of Arthur and Morley, was named publisher.
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Many times during his 30 years as publisher of The Durango Herald, Richard Ballantine used an old wooden orange crate to stand on while making important announcements to the company. He used it again Tuesday when he told the company staff members he is stepping down as CEO and publisher.
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After announcing Tuesday that he will be stepping down as CEO of Ballantine Communications Inc. and publisher of The Durango Herald, Richard Ballantine stands with his sister Elizabeth Ballantine, a member of the company’s board of directors, while listening to his son Chris Ballantine address the company staff.
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