The Uinta County Herald has a new managing editor

Uinta County Managing Editor Brandy Robben. (HERALD PHOTO/Kayne Pyatt)

Brandy Robben started as the new editor at the Uinta County Herald on October 13 and is busy learning the ropes of the newspaper production world.

“I am excited to become a part of this newspaper family,” Robben said, “and continuing to become an integral part of the community.”

Robben and her husband, Diego, recently moved to Evanston from Colorado.  She said they wanted to be close to her mother, sister and brother-in-law who already lived here.  Her widowed mother followed Robben’s sister, who is employed by Uinta County School District #1, to Evanston.  Her mother was able to purchase several homes so Robben and her husband didn’t have to worry about finding housing.

Robben was born in Hays, Kansas, and when she was eight the family moved to the suburbs of Denver, Colorado.  She graduated from Wheat Ridge High School and attended college at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary language arts in 2008.  After graduation, she returned to Colorado and attended Emporia State University in Denver where she earned her master’s degree in library science in 2011.

Robben returned to Topeka, Kansas, and was employed at Highland Park High School and Jefferson West High School as a school librarian.  After Robben and Diego Gutierrez Sanchez married, they moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she was employed as director of the Master’s of Library Science program through Emporia State University.  After one year, her position was cut due to budget reductions. 

Once again, Robben relocated and she and Sanchez moved back to Longmont, Colorado, where she was employed as a substitute teacher and he worked as a restaurant manager.

“I loved the substitute teaching position,” Robben said. “You don’t get burned out because each day is something new and you can pick and choose which jobs you want to accept.”

When asked why she chose to apply for the editor’s position, Robben answered that she thought her degree in library science would be helpful and she loves to read, especially newspapers.

“I am excited about the challenge and am looking forward to the change of direction in my career,” Robben said. “My first two jobs here were editing pages and I found it fun and natural for me.  Also, I am going to love getting to know the team here at the Herald.”

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