By Tim Leeds
Karen Datko has left Anchorage, Alaska, to take over as managing editor of The Havre Daily News effective Monday.
"I wanted to come back to Montana I just love Montana," Datko said.
Harvey Brock, the publisher of The Daily News, said the education and experience Datko brings to the position will be a great addition to the newspaper and for the community.
"After a long and extensive nationwide search and interviewing a number of qualified candidates, from within the community and around the country, Karen was the obvious choice," Brock said.
Datko has spent the last five-and-a-half years as the night city editor for the Anchorage Daily News, but worked for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle earlier in her journalistic career. She said she is really excited about coming back.
"Because I'm happy to be back in the great State of Montana," Datko said. "I'm very excited about meeting the people of north central Montana. I'm also looking forward to working with the talented staff at the Daily News."
The 46-year-old Datko received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa. She later received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
In addition to her work for the Anchorage and Bozeman papers, Datko has worked as a city editor in Santa Fe, N.M., for seven years as a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Fla., and as a reporter in Reading, Pa. and for the Tacoma News Tribune.