Tim Willert, an award-winning writer and reporter, has been named
city editor of the Burbank Leader. Willert began work in his new
He succeeds Amber Willard, who was promoted to city editor of the
Leader’s sister paper, the News-Press in Glendale.
Willert, 42, started at the News-Press in March 2000, and was the
paper’s education reporter, business and politics reporter, City Hall
reporter and, most recently, enterprise reporter. He also covered
City Hall for the Foothill Leader and briefly covered crime for the
He studied journalism at San Diego State University, has won the
News-Press/Leader Silver Scoop award, and was a finalist for 2002
Times Community News (TCN) Journalist of the Year.
“I’m very pleased and excited to have Tim leading the way at the
Leader,” said Jeff Keating, editor of the Leader and the News-Press.
“He brings a wealth of experience to the job, as well strong news
judgment and a real knack for figuring out how to get the stories
that matter to readers.”
Willard, 25, succeeds David Silva as city editor of the
News-Press. She started at the Burbank Leader in January 2000 as
public-safety reporter, and became public safety reporter for the
News-Press in June 2000, staying there until December 2001, when she
became the Leader’s city editor. She is a graduate of Truman State
University in Kirksville, Mo., with a bachelor’s degree in
Silva, a longtime News-Press editor and columnist and former
Leader city editor, has been promoted to editor of Times Community
News’ new weekly newspapers in Claremont/Upland and Rancho Cucamonga.
The promotions for Willert and Willard were part of several
personnel moves made last week at the Leader and the News-Press. The
* Brian Martin, 35, is the new managing editor of both papers,
reporting to Editor Jeff Keating. Martin was hired as a sports writer
for the Foothill Leader in July 1994. He has served as sports writer,
assistant sports editor, sports editor and news editor for the
News-Press and Leader, and since June 2001 has been the news desk
chief for both papers.
A Crescenta Valley High School graduate, Martin holds a bachelor’s
degree in journalism from Cal State Northridge, was a staff member of
sports departments that won CNPA awards for coverage, and has won two
headline writing awards in TCN contests. He will oversee the
day-to-day operations of both newspapers.
* Scott Roby, 30, is the new photo supervisor for the News-Press
and Leader, succeeding Jill Karnicki, who left to pursue a master’s
degree in photography. Roby started at the News-Press in October 2000
as a staff photographer. He is a graduate of Hart High in Newhall and
of the Naval Nuclear Power School and Nuclear Power Prototype
Training Unit, and is attending College of the Canyons in Santa
Clarita, working on a bachelor’s degree in zoology.
He has won the News-Press/Leader Silver Scoop award and a TCN