VICTORVILLE • Longtime Daily Press employee and local resident Kris Reilly was named city editor of the Daily Press and Desert Dispatch this week. He replaces Brooke Edwards Staggs, who took a reporter position at the Orange County Register a month ago.
Reilly started as a sports writer with the Daily Press in 2002 and later became sports editor, a position he held from 2007 to 2009. He spent the past three years as the editor of The Leader, a weekly publication in Lucerne Valley. He will now oversee the news reporters for both the Daily Press and the Desert Dispatch in Barstow.
Reilly has lived in the High Desert for 27 years and attended Victor Valley College, where he served as editor in chief of the college's newspaper, The Rampage. Reilly went on to study creative writing at California State University, San Bernardino.
Reilly has won eight awards from the Inland Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists during his academic and professional careers.
"Because he's from the local area, Kris has a unique local knowledge that will benefit our newspaper staff and the readers in our Victor Valley communities," said Daily Press Editor David Keck. "Kris was a natural choice for me."
For Reilly, however, the choice to leave the Lucerne Valley Leader and return to the Daily Press was bittersweet.
"I've met a lot of wonderful people in Lucerne Valley and I really fell in love with that community," Reilly said. "It was a difficult decision to leave Lucerne Valley. ... I've lived in the High Desert for most of my life and I am really excited about being the city editor of my hometown newspaper."
Rene De La Cruz served as interim city editor before Reilly took over on Monday. De La Cruz will remain with the newspaper as a staff writer.
Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at LLombardo@VVDailyPress.com.