Weather Forecast


Lubbers named editor of the News Tribune

Rick Lubbers

Lubbers, 44, has served as sports editor at the News Tribune for more than seven years, and is a longtime employee of the Duluth Newspaper Group, having also worked at the Duluth Budgeteer News from 1997-99, and the Superior Telegram — then known as the Superior Daily Telegram — from 1999-2005 where he served as editor since 2002. He has experience both in sports and in news; before taking over the sports department, Lubbers held the night city editor position at the News Tribune.

“I am very excited to work side by side with the talented journalists at the News Tribune to give readers the most informative, timely and entertaining news source in the Northland,” Lubbers said.

The announcement was made to the newsroom today. Lubbers was chosen after a nationwide editor search. He replaces Robin Washington, who left the News Tribune earlier this year.

“Rick clearly has the vision and energy to take this newspaper forward,” said Mary Jo Hotzler, director of Content Services for Forum Communications Company, which owns the Duluth News Tribune. “He’s truly a leader for the newsroom and will be in the community as well.”

As editor, Lubbers will be responsible for setting and communicating editorial direction for both the newspaper and the website.

“Rick has proven leadership skills, a deep knowledge of our region, and solid journalism skills,” said Ken Browall, News Tribune publisher. “I am excited to have Rick lead our news team as we reorganize our feature sections and put a focus on enterprise reporting. Rick’s journalistic instincts and communication skills will serve our news staff well.”

Rick and his wife Leah have a son and a daughter. They live in South Range.