Pilot Staff Report

After 17 years at the Curry Coastal Pilot, Editor-and-chief Scott Graves is stepping down to take a job with the Wild Rivers Community Foundation. His last day is Friday, Nov. 24.

“It’s been a great adventure being at the helm of the Pilot for so many years,” Graves said. “I was born to do community journalism and the support from Pilot readers has been tremendous. I’ve met many wonderful people, covered fascinating stories and worked with many talented and inspirational people.”

Taking his place is Robin Fornoff, who joined Western Communications about two years ago as editor of the Del Norte Triplicate in Crescent City.

Fornoff will serve as regional editor, overseeing newsrooms on both sides of the state line.

The two publications will remain separate, said regional publisher Kimberly Fowler on Friday.

“Scott has been with the Pilot for 17 years of exceptional service and we are sad to see him go,” Fowler said.

Graves, 49, has served as editor of the Pilot since September 2000, overseeing a staff that has won numerous awards for writing, editing, photography and layout from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

Graves and Fornoff have worked together on many joint projects and stories for the Pilot and Triplicate.

“Robin is a wonderful editor and the Pilot is in very capable hands,” Graves said. “I’m confident that he and the Pilot news staff will continue to provide the quality community journalism that readers expect.”

In regard to working for the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, Graves said, “I never thought I’d leave a career I love, but the time has come to try something new.

“The Wild Rivers Community Foundation is a renown organization that does amazing things for people and worthwhile causes in Curry and Del Norte counties. I’m looking forward to joining the team there, and continuing to serve my community.”

Fornoff became Triplicate editor in August 2015, coming to Crescent City after seven years as managing editor of Clovis Media Inc., now known as the Eastern New Mexico News in Clovis, New Mexico.

Fornoff has more than 40 years experience in print and broadcast journalism, serving as chief investigative producer for ABC and CBS affiliates in Detroit and political and investigative writer for the Detroit Free Press.

Fornoff was part of an investigative team at the Detroit Free Press that produced “Parole’s Fatal Mistakes,” a series of stories that netted him the Michigan Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award for Free Press. He also produced a series at CBS exposing exploitation of Mexican workers by a national landscaping firm in Detroit, which won Mini Documentary of the Year.

“I am excited to work with Robin in this capacity,” Fowler said. “His leadership will allow us to develop ways to work as one newsroom, sharing resources and talent all while keeping the distinct personalities of the Pilot and the Triplicate.”