STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The executive editor of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, is stepping down after three years to take a news leadership post at a Colorado newspaper.

The McClatchy paper said Monday that John Boogert is returning to his home state to become news director of The Gazette in Colorado Springs.

Boogert was previously an editor at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, The Witchita Eagle in Kansas and The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Centre Daily publisher Janet Santostefano says Boogert brought an “innovative spirit” to the newsroom.

She says a search for a replacement will begin immediately.

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