BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The editor of Montana's largest newspaper, The Billings Gazette, is leaving in mid-June after 13 years with the newspaper.
"I've had 13 exhilarating years helping the best team of journalists in the region do terrific and meaningful work," Steve Prosinski said Thursday. "And now, I'm looking forward to some free time to travel, to spend time with family and friends and to explore more of our great Big Sky country."
During Prosinski's time at the newspaper, the Montana Newspaper Association named the Gazette (http://bit.ly/10MZ7sW ) the state's best large daily newspaper six times, including the last four years in a row. The Gazette has the largest circulation of any newspaper in Montana, according to the association.
Prosinski also served on the association's board of directors and the University of Montana School of Journalism Advisory Council, and was a juror for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize competition.
"I am very sad Steve is leaving Billings Gazette Communications," Gazette publisher Mike Gulledge said. "His excellent leadership skills coupled with a relentless focus to deliver strong local news will be missed. Steve is a top editor in our company and the industry, and I really enjoyed working with him."
Gulledge said the process of finding a new editor is underway.
Information from: Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com