Former KFMU news director joins Steamboat Pilot/Today

— Michelle Bales has covered news for television and radio.

Now, she can add the print medium to her resume.

Bales, 29, has joined the editorial staff of the Steamboat Pilot and Steamboat Today as a reporter and is looking forward to covering two important beats.

"I'm excited to be working at the Steamboat Pilot and Today newspapers, with a chance to focus on in-depth county government issues and business topics," she said.

Bales spent the last four years working at KFMU radio station in Steamboat Springs. As news director for the station, she was in charge of writing and reporting local news.

"Michelle knows the community and understands the issues, so she was able to hit the ground running for us," said Pilot/Today News Editor Mark Louden. "We are committed to improving our county government and business coverage and are confident an experienced journalist like Michelle will help us better serve our readers."

Bales said working for the newspapers will allow her to focus on a narrower aspect of the news.

"At the radio station, I didn't have a beat, so I couldn't concentrate on just one part of the news. The print medium gives me the challenge and the opportunity to look deeper into issues, whereas in radio, the news is just 30 seconds," she said.

Bales was born in Texas and grew up in Tennessee. She earned a degree in communications from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1992. She worked in television for about a year shortly after graduation.

She moved to Steamboat in 1994 and enjoys working and living in the city. In her free time, Bales enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, reading and writing.

-- To reach Andy Vuong call 879-1502 ext. 233 or email him at vuong@colorado.eduz

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