It was was October 2011, when Jason Kintzler and Fabian Lobera sat down with Pavillion, WY native, Ernie Over, to discuss a concept they'd been working on — an innovative new way to share news and information in Fremont County. A month later, County 10 was born as the company's first Community News Stream and Over was brought on board to lead the news team as the first reporter/editor. "All of us remember that day very well, said Kintzler, Pitchengine's President and CEO,"I wasn't sure if Ernie was ready for this ever-changing startup culture here at Pitchengine, but with 30 years of journalism under his belt, he jumped in with both feet and the rest is history." Over the next three and half years, County 10 became the leading news provider for Riverton, Lander and the surrounding areas and in 2016, is part of a larger network of Community News Streams that now reach more people than any other news outlet in Wyoming. "I started in journalism when I was a junior in high school in Lander, and 48 years later it's time to step back," Over said on his upcoming retirement. "When County 10 went live on Nov. 4, 2011, it was an exciting time and it's been absolutely thrilling to see how readers have adopted the model. To be involved in such an innovative way to change how community news is delivered has been very rewarding." Pitchengine, which continues to build and grow successful news brands in locations around the state, now employs more than 25 reporters including 13 full-time staff. "We've learned a lot over the past couple years and we're not standing still. We don't wait around for things to work, we "out-innovate" ourselves routinely. That's key for us," explained Kintzler. Ernie will file his final reports in a couple weeks, retiring from Pitchengine at the end of May. Jenna Mayer, who has already begun reporting for Basin Reboot
and County 10
, will assume Over's post in Riverton and Lander
beginning officially in June.
"Ernie played a big part in laying the foundation for this thing and we're
sure going to miss him. He's certainly paid his dues as a journalist with
his Wyoming work ethic and experience. That will be part of his legacy in
the community for a long time," said Kintzler.
Pitchengine plans to celebrate Over's career at an event later this month
in Riverton. Follow County 10 for details when we announce them!
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