Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Friday that former Rocky Mountain News City Editor Eric Brown will become the administration’s communications director April 20.
“Eric is a highly respected journalist with an impressive knowledge of the City and its programs,” Hickenlooper said. “His energy, enthusiasm and management experience make him a terrific addition to our City team.”
As communications director, Brown will assume responsibility for the administration’s media relations and external and internal communications. He will succeed current Communications Director Sue Cobb, who will remain with the administration as senior advisor to the mayor. In that role, she will manage special projects including coordination of communications and outreach relating to progress of the City’s Better Denver infrastructure bond initiatives passed by voters in November 2007.
Brown also joins Deputy Communications Director Sabrina D’Agosta, who came to the Hickenlooper team in August 2008 from her position as communications manager for the City of Golden.
A seasoned manager, award-winning writer and communications technology expert, Brown brings more than 15 years of newspaper experience to his new post, including nine years with the Rocky Mountain News city desk. He served the newspaper as assistant city editor, deputy city editor and, in his final two years, city editor. The newspaper closed and stopped publishing Feb. 27.
Brown has received numerous first-place awards and other recognition in Colorado and Texas for news and feature writing and investigative reporting. Later, as an editor, Rocky reporters under his supervision dominated statewide contests and won numerous national awards.
Before joining the Rocky, Brown served as city editor, copy editor and reporter for the Greeley Tribune and as a reporter for the Corpus Christi (TX) Caller-Times and the Abilene (TX) Reporter-News.
Brown was raised in Littleton and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in history from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
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Sue Cobb or Sabrina D’Agosta