SANTA FE, N.M. — A longtime journalist and Albuquerque native has been hired as the new editor at The Santa Fe New Mexican.

The newspaper announced Wednesday that Phill Casaus will replace Ray Rivera, who is leaving Sept. 8 for a job as deputy managing editor for investigations and enterprise with The Seattle Times.

Casaus, a former editor at The Albuquerque Tribune and The Rocky Mountain News, currently works as the director of the Education Foundation for Albuquerque Public Schools, the state’s largest school district. He’s expected to begin his new job at the paper in mid-September.

Casaus spent many years as a sportswriter with the Albuquerque Journal before going to work for The Tribune, which served as the city’s afternoon paper until it closed in 2008.

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