Publisher: Exclusive local news remains top priority

Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette Randy Cutright, the new publisher of the Daily Mining Gazette, brings a history of newspaper experience and excitement for local news to his new role.

HOUGHTON– New Daily Mining Gazette publisher Randy Cutright is ready for a new adventure in the Copper Country.

Moving with his wife Stephanie and two dogs, Cutright transitioned from director of operations for Ogden Newspapers in Marshalltown, Iowa, to what is his first publisher role at the Gazette starting Sept. 4.

Moving from the larger operation of one daily paper, five weekly newspapers, two shoppers and printing for other local newspapers, Cutright is enjoying the change for the calmer.

They’ve been impressed by the beauty of the area and the friendly locals, he said.

“We’re just glad to be here…I always look at newspapers like we’re always here to serve. We’re here to get the news out and be as fair and balanced as we possibly can and we give the format to do that, and that’s kind of why I like it.”

For Cutright, the focus of a local newspaper should always be local news, something he hopes to build on even more in his time at the Gazette. Although that’s not to say that news from Washington or across the globe will get the ax. It will be lower priority than news of the Copper Country.

“This is a local paper where people are going to get their local news. Nowhere else. You’ll get a blurb on the radio here and there and the TV. You’re not getting the day-to-day (local news) you’re going to get here. Wherever I’ve been that has been the key,” Cutright said.

In his free time, Cutright enjoys golf, fitness, oil painting on weekends and spending time with his wife now that his four kids have left the nest.

Already, the Cutrights have been out in the community trying local restaurants like the Mine Shaft and Kaleva Cafe.

“There are more restaurants to eat at in Houghton and Hancock than where I came from,” he said. “Where I came from the town was 30,000 people, and you guys have great variety. We’re loving that.”

He’s heard stories about the Copper Country winters, but when it arrives they are preparing to “do as the Romans do” and try their hand at snowmobiling.