NAMPA — After more than 34 years at the Idaho Press-Tribune, from cub reporter to top editor, Managing Editor Vickie Holbrook will say goodbye to the newspaper business next month.
Holbrook, 57, started her career at the Press-Tribune right after graduating from Oregon State University, one of many reporters who graduated shortly after the Watergate Scandal. After spending time on the education and crime beats, then serving as opinion editor and city editor, she became managing editor in 1996. Though she has “loved every minute” of it and the decision was an emotional one, Holbrook felt it was time.
On Jan. 6, she will start a new job as public information officer for the city of Nampa under incoming mayor Bob Henry.
“I realized if I wanted to try something new, I needed to do it,” she said. “I wanted to stay in Nampa and continue to work with good people, just in a different capacity.”
Holbrook said she will miss the urgency of news and the responsibility that comes with covering it, but she is also looking forward to a job with less stress. She said she has been lucky to work with five different publishers, and she has appreciated being able to stay in Canyon County, where she and her husband raised their two sons.
Press-Tribune Publisher Matt Davison called Holbrook an “exceptional editor” and said the staff will miss her greatly.
“One of Vickie’s greatest strengths has been her unique ability to teach others how to be a successful journalist,” Davison said. “There are dozens of reporters spread across the entire country who will always remember the lessons Vickie taught them.”
Davison added that Holbrook has resigned from the newspaper’s editorial board effective immediately and recused herself from any content discussions or editorial decisions relating to the city of Nampa to prevent any conflict of interest.
Holbrook has also been an active community member for many years, with involvement in the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, Canyon County Festival of Trees, the Caldwell Rotary Club and several other organizations.
Her biggest achievement, she said, was not allowing herself to “become a dinosaur” as the news business has changed over the course of three decades. When Holbrook started at the Press-Tribune, she worked on a typewriter.
“If you had told me then that I would be sending out news on a phone, I would have laughed at you,” she said.
But the one constant has been great people, and she said that includes the team she leaves behind.
“I have all the confidence in the world in our current news team, and I’m excited the Idaho Press-Tribune will have a new editor.”