Jim Van Nostrand has joined The Daily Astorian as managing editor.
He is a veteran journalist with more than 30 years of experience as a reporter and editor. Most recently, he was the digital editor at the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Washington.
He replaces Laura Sellers-Earl, who is retiring from full-time work after 25 years with the Astorian and its parent company, EO Media Group. She plans to remain in the community.
“Jim Van Nostrand brings a great depth of journalistic experience and leadership to our newsroom along with a strong commitment to excellence,” said David Pero, the Astorian’s editor and publisher. “His career has been filled with achievements in print and on a wide variety of digital platforms, and those qualities help position The Daily Astorian to serve our readers far into the future.”
Van Nostrand is a native of Washington state and spent part of his early career in Oregon. He returned to the Northwest five years ago from Washington, D.C., to be closer to family and friends.
“It’s not often that you get to come home in this business,” he said. “I look forward to leading a great newsroom in one of the most beautiful places in the world to live.”
At the Washington Bureau for Knight Ridder and then McClatchy newspapers, he worked with journalists covering the White House, Congress and the federal government, as well as foreign correspondents in Baghdad, Beijing, Mexico City and other countries. He also taught digital storytelling to graduate journalism students as an adjunct professor at American University and worked with students from Penn State and Northwestern universities.
He formerly served as a senior editor at Knight Ridder Digital, where he managed national, world and politics coverage on 28 Knight Ridder newspaper websites across the country.
He led Knight Ridder’s online coverage of the Iraq war, the 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006 Olympics, and the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns.
He has been immersed in digital journalism since 1995, when he launched Leadernet, an online business subsidiary of the Times Leader newspaper in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
He was part of a team that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the Biloxi Sun Herald’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
He was the supervising editor for “Echo Company,” a multimedia reporting project that won a 2005 Digital Edge award from the Newspaper Association of America. The project showed readers the human side of 11 U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman killed in an ambush in Iraq. Editor & Publisher magazine called it, “One of the most ambitious and extensive projects to come out of the Iraq war.”
He won McClatchy President’s Awards for “Inside Iraq,” a blog written by Iraqi journalists, and “Beyond the Law,” an extensive international examination of abuses at U.S. detention camps in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Van Nostrand is a former U.S. Army infantry captain. He served in the First Infantry Division in Germany and in the National Guard in Oregon and Pennsylvania.
He is an avid historian and an active member of the Online News Association.