The Union announces Don Rogers as new publisher |

The Union announces Don Rogers as new publisher

Don Rogers
Laura Mahaffy/ | The Union

Don Rogers, currently publisher of the Vail Daily (Vail, Colo.), is the new publisher of The Union and in Grass Valley.

He replaces Jim Hemig, who announced his pending resignation as The Union’s publisher Tuesday.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years working at The Union,” Hemig said. “The staff is fantastic and the community is wonderful. I will miss western Nevada County, but I know The Union will be in great hands.”

For the past six years, Rogers has served as publisher of the Vail Daily, a Swift Communications sister newspaper of The Union, and prior to that served as publisher of the Record-Courier in Gardnerville, Nev.

“I was stunned to learn Jim was leaving our company, though I understand,” Rogers said. “I’ve known him almost as long as I’ve been with Swift and see his departure as a real loss.

“I was even more stunned to be offered the opportunity to come to The Union. My family and I have ties to the area with family and longtime friends. We love the Sierra Nevada. And I see a great chance to learn and grow with The Union staff.”

Rogers is a veteran of the newsroom, serving in editor roles for the Vail Daily, the North County Times (Escondido, Calif.), the Citizen (Auburn, N.Y.), the Daily Gazette (Sterling, Ill.), the Herald-Palladium (Benton Harbor, Mich.), the Sentinel (Holland, Mich.) and for Feather Publishing in Quincy, Calif., where he began his journalism career as a reporter for the Feather River Bulletin.

Rogers will be joined in the move to western Nevada County by his wife, Mary, and daughter, Rachel. His son, Ben, works nearby in Truckee as co-general manager of Swift’s North Lake Tahoe properties (Sierra Sun, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza).

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