A Las Vegas native has returned to the Las Vegas Optic as the newspaper’s new managing editor.
Martín Salazar, a reporter at the Optic from 2000 to 2003, succeeds David Giuliani, who moved to Illinois in December.
Salazar, 36, has 15 years of newspaper experience under his belt. Since 2004, he has worked for the Albuquerque Journal, where he went from regional reporter covering northern New Mexico, tobeat reporter covering the University of New Mexico, to assistant city editor responsible for the Journal’s Sunday and Monday editions.
Through the years, Salazar has been recognized for his investigative and news reporting, with awards from Associated Press Managing Editors and the New Mexico Press Association.
“I was born and raised here, and I’m excited to be back at the Optic.”
Salazar is a 1994 graduate of Robertson High School. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism at UNM in 1998, gaining valuable experience as a staff writer and news editor at the Daily Lobo.
Since then, Salazar’s newspaper career included stints at the Gallup Independent, the Optic, the Wenatcheee World in north central Washington, and at the Journal for nearly seven years.
“Anyone who has followed my work knows that I like nothing more than to chase the big stories. As managing editor, I hope to provide you with a good mix of daily news that informs you about what’s going on in your community, fun features that celebrate the many accomplishments of our area and its people and hard-hitting investigative reporting that sheds light on problems and misdeeds,” Salazar said.
“The hard work of former managing editor David Giuliani and the entire staff of this newspaper raised the Optic to another level, and I hope to build on those accomplishments,” he said.
This is the second managing editor appointed by Tom McDonald, the Optic’s editor and publisher since October 2004.
“I couldn’t have found a better fit for the job than Martín,” McDonald said. “He’s a true professional. He won’t just follow David Giuliani, he’ll improve upon the quality of our work. We’re lucky to get him back.”
“The fact that he would leave a promising future at the Journal to return to his hometown newspaper says a lot about his passion for Las Vegas,” McDonald said. “That’s going to be reflected in his work.”