Quast made the announcement Monday and his last day is March 23. He starts April 2 as regional president and publisher for Adams Publishing Group.
“It will be tough to leave such an incredible and talented staff and wonderful community,” Quast said, but added he’s looking forward to the new opportunity.
Lee Enterprises — the company that owns the Times-News — is recruiting and interviewing candidates for publisher and expects to fill the position in the near term, said Nathan Bekke, vice president of consumer sales and marketing for Lee Enterprises.
In his new job, Quast will oversee about a dozen publications, he said, including the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello, Post Register in Idaho Falls, Standard Journal in Rexburg and Teton Valley News in Driggs. He’ll also provide oversight for the Herald Journal in Logan, Utah.
There’s a trend of having a regional publisher over multiple newspapers, Quast said. He said he’ll look for synergies among the group — which includes daily, twice-weekly and weekly newspapers — and ways for them to work together.
Eastern Idaho publications have a good reputation, he said, noting there’s unmatched dominance in the region with Adams Publishing Group.
“I’m excited to be joining that team and building on the success in eastern Idaho,” he said.
Quast, a Burley native, has been Times-News publisher for five years, beginning in March 2013. Previously, he was vice president of sales and marketing at the Idaho Statesman in Boise.
“I felt like the luckiest guy in the world to be able to be publisher of my hometown newspaper,” he said.
He said the Times-News‘ coverage of refugee resettlement was one the highlights of his time as publisher. The paper reported the facts and took a role in the community of answering questions and helping people understand the topic, he said.
“I’m proud of the work we’ve done,” he said.
Quast said he had no plans of leaving the Times-News, but received a phone call asking if he’d be interested in the Adams Publishing Group position.
There are very few places he would have considered, he said, but he has family connections in eastern Idaho. His wife, LaNae, has family in Pocatello and the couple’s daughter, Maddy, is a student at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg. The couple also has a son, Ian, who’s in high school.