Pat Reiter has been appointed to take on the publisher’s role from Monday, July 24. PHOTO BY MOUSH SARA JOHN

Former Athabasca publisher takes on new role at The Stettler Independent

Pat Reiter, former Westlock-Barrhead-Athabasca publisher joined Black Press on July 24.

Pat Reiter was appointed as the publisher of The Stettler Independent, Castor Advance, and Regional Weekender, and started her tenure on Monday, July 24.

Reiter is not new to the world of community papers, having worked at various weekly news publications over the years, one of her longest stints being at the Westlock-Barrhead-Athabasca chain.

“The good thing about community newspapers in small towns like Westlock and Athabasca then was the focus on what’s happening in the community, and that has not changed. And I’m sure that’s true for publications like Stettler Independent and Castor Advance as well,” Reiter said. “I think residents want to know what’s happening in town, and which sports teams are playing the home teams in the weekends.”

According to Reiter, there’s a lot of difference between the content of the urban dailies compared to the weekly community newspapers.

“Community papers are an integral part of residents’ lives, and they look forward to reading the news, and what’s happening to all the people they know, or have grown up with,” Reiter added.

What Reiter brings to the community is a fresh perspective, and a keen insight into how community newspapers work.

“One of my first impressions of Stettler was when I visited this lovely town two years back with the Camrose Horticutural Society,” Reiter recalled. “And I remember going, what a neat, little town this is. And I know it has won some Communities in Bloom awards as well, which is a reflection of the drive that the people here have, the volunteer pool, and the hands-on attitude.”

Reiter’s love for newspapers started when she was in high school, and that’s when she decided to be a part of the publishing industry.

“I started my career at Westlock News, and worked my way up through the chain,” Reiter said. “And it is my honour to be a part of one of the largest media companies specializing in community newspapers.”

Reiter will be working to ensure that the three weekly publications based out of Stettler continue to excel in serving the residents and community members of Stettler and neighbouring areas.

Just Posted

Watch: Gravel truck turns into wrong off-ramp at Highway 2 Ponoka

The new Highway 2 and Highway 53 intersection at Ponoka caused some confusion for one driver

Stettler armed robber convicted in court Oct. 12

Jayson Marshall gets over two years in jail

CORRECTED Donalda Creamery plans on tap Oct. 23

Architects to answer public’s questions about plans

WATCH: ASIRT investigating officer-involved shooting during crime spree

Shots fired on two occasions during incidents, one suspect remains in hospital with serious injuries

Drumheller RCMP investigate human remains

Police find human remains in burning vehicle near Morrin

VIDEO: Tragically Hip singer-songwriter Gord Downie dies at 53

Downie had been fighting brain cancer for over a year

All three victims identified in Fernie arena ammonia leak

Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith were from Fernie and Jason Podloski from Turner Valley, Alta

4 B.C. prisons install body scanners to combat drug smuggling

The scanners are aimed to combat the smuggling of contraband including weapons and drugs

Outspoken Mountie assigned to admin duties for refusing to shave goatee

The 15-year veteran of the force said he believes the RCMP is targeting him

Victim in fatal ammonia leak remembered for his passion and smile

Friends and colleagues remember Lloyd Smith as someone who was always willing to help people

Canadian planet hunter seeking alien life

‘The shifting line of what is crazy’ says Toronto-born astrophysicist

Firefighter dies battling wildfire in Alberta

“It’s terrible. It will devastate the community for a while here. He’ll surely be missed.”

Health ministers to talk cannabis, opioids

Health ministers set to discuss cannabis and opioids during two-day meeting in Edmonton

Quebec pass controversial bill banning face coverings

Quebec lawmakers have passed a religious neutrality bill banning face coverings

Most Read


Weekly delivery plus unlimited digital access for $50.40 for 52 issues (must live within 95 kilometers of Stettler) Unlimited Digital Access for one year for $50.40 Prefer to have us call you? Click here and we’ll get back to you within one business day.