The Adams Publishing Group today named Travis Quast as regional president and publisher of the company’s eastern Idaho publications including the Post Register, the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello, the Standard Journal in Rexburg and the Teton Valley News in Driggs.
Quast also will provide oversight for the Herald Journal in Logan, Utah. Quast assumes his new role April 2.
“I am excited to be joining the talented team in eastern Idaho,” Quast said. “This group of publications is well known and respected for their coverage of the area and I am looking forward to continuing and building upon their tradition of excellence.”
Prior to joining the Adams Publishing Group, Quast served as publisher of the Twin Falls Times-News, The Voice and the Elko Daily Free Press in Nevada for five years. He also has served as the vice president of sales and marketing at the Idaho Statesman and held management positions at the Bellingham (Wash.) Herald and Newspaper Agency Corp. — agents for the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News in Salt Lake City.
Quast currently serves on the board of directors for the Newspaper Association of Idaho and is a member of the University of Idaho Journalism and Mass Media Advisory Committee. He has been involved in numerous community leadership roles, such as the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization as well as his local Rotary, for which he recently served as club president.
“Travis is a proven champion for local community news and a thoughtful strategic leader,” said Eric Johnston, president, Western Division, for Adams Publishing Group. “His wide range of experience, passion for our industry and creative leadership style will surely be invaluable as we continue to serve our communities in the eastern Idaho region.”
Recognized for his efforts to protect First Amendment rights and advocacy for transparency in local and state government, Quast won a landmark case against the University of Idaho for access to teacher evaluations. He continues to lead efforts to shape local government public records and open meeting policies.
Quast, who was born in Burley, is a graduate of the University of Idaho where he earned a bachelor’s degree in public communication.