MONTE VISTA — Toni Steffens-Steward of South Fork has taken the helm as editor at Valley Publishing following the retirement of former longtime editor Sylvia Lobato Dec. 31. Steffens-Steward will oversee the publication and production of seven Valley newspapers issued from Monte Vista each week.
Steffens-Steward came to the Valley seven years ago and now lives in South Fork with her husband Paul and son Sebastian. She graduated in December from Adams State University with a degree in Mass Communication. She wrote for Valley Publishing for three years while finishing her degree.
“I have written all my life,” Steffens-Steward said. She is now looking forward to her new position and honing her skills as an editor, a goal she has hoped to attain for a long time.
Whether it is newspapers, magazines or books, “I like words,” she commented. “I like making words work for people. For the newspaper I want to use them to help create community. As newspaper people we can foster change as a larger part of creating community.”
Jennifer Alonzo, the publisher at Valley Publishing said, "We're looking forward to having Toni take over the editorial department. Her ideas for change and improvement in the papers are exciting. Having Toni step up to the plate right after graduating is an amazing opportunity for our company; with the knowledge gained from Lobato and her fresh college education, the future of the papers is looking bright."
She credits former editor Lobato with grooming her for the role and helping her ease into her position over her three-year stint as a reporter. She also commended Lobato for helpful tips concerning her duties. “Sylvia told me: ‘Don’t worry, I won’t retire until you are ready,’” Steffens-Steward said. “She spent a lot of time answering questions and talking about her own career.”
Steffens-Steward invites the public to contact her with any questions or suggestions at 852-3531. Or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.