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Desert Dispatch names new editor

Wrightwood resident brings 20 years of experience to newsroom

VICTORVILLE • David Keck, a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience in the newspaper industry, was named the editor of the Daily Press on Monday.

Keck landed the top position in the newsroom, which was vacated after his predecessor, Donald Holland, left the paper to become the special assistant for San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood.

“I look forward to working with the talented news staff at the Daily Press and serving the fine communities of the Victor Valley,” Keck, 51, said.

He was the city editor at the Daily Press from 2003 to 2005. Most recently, Keck worked as an assistant metro editor at the Press-Enterprise in Riverside. He has lived in Wrightwood with his wife, Lori, for the past 12 years.

Keck will also oversee the newsroom of the Desert Dispatch in Barstow.

“His experience stands out amongst the other candidates, and also he has a feel for the Victorville market because he worked here at one time,” Daily Press Publisher Albert Frattura said.

“The key thing is that we’ve got to focus on what we do best and that’s to provide the best local news that no one else can deliver, and make sure that we focus on growing the audience and building a new team,” Frattura said.

Keck began his career as an intern and sports stringer with a suburban section of the Los Angeles Times in 1984. He then worked for a number of newspapers in Southern California.

He graduated from the University of La Verne with an MBA and holds a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University, as well as an associate’s degree in journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College.

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