Longtime Jackson Hole News&Guide editor Angus M. Thuermer Jr. announced this week he will be leaving his post next month.

The 61-year-old dyed-in-the-wool newsman will be joining the online publication WyoFile as its statewide natural resources reporter.

“I’m sad about leaving the newsroom photographers and reporters here, the others who help run this paper, and the News&Guide audience,” Thuermer said.

He’s excited about the next chapter, though, he said.

“This was an opportunity that opened up somewhat unexpectedly,” Thuermer said. “It will allow me to focus on journalism rather than administration, which had been taking an increasing amount of my time.”

His last day at the paper will be May 21. He will be staying in Jackson.

“I believe the News&Guide is in good hands with its owners Kevin and Shelley Olson,” he said. “Its newsroom is brimming with talent and energy and will sustain its excellence.”

Acting managing editor Richard Anderson will serve as interim editor.

“We’re pleased to have Rich step in,” owner and publisher Kevin Olson said. “He’s lived in the valley for 22 years, and he’s familiar with our journalistic standards and will maintain continuity in this transition.”

In the meantime Olson will lead the search to find Thuermer’s replacement.

“We’ll find an editor who puts quality journalism first and supports the special nature of our community,” he said. “We look forward to having an editor as soon as we find a good fit.”

Thuermer has had a great career at the paper and will be missed, Olson said.

“As an editor he helped put the Jackson Hole News&Guide in the national conversation of best community newspapers,” he said.

Thuermer began his career as an assistant pressman at the Jackson Hole News 35 years ago. He worked his way up to reporter and eventually editor of the News before the paper merged with the Jackson Hole Guide in 2002. He was co-editor of the News&Guide with Thomas Dewell before becoming editor when Dewell left the paper in 2012.

“I’m in deep debt to Michael Sellett, who hired me in 1978,” Thuermer said. “I’ve worked with an incredible staff and incredible community since that time and owe them thanks, too.”

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