Travis Quast, who’s spent five years as publisher of the Twin Falls Times-News, will become the new regional publisher for the Post Register and its sister publications in eastern Idaho.
The Adams Publishing Group on Monday named Quast as regional president and publisher of the company’s eastern Idaho publications including 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, an Adams Publishing Group news release said.
“I am excited to be joining the talented team in eastern Idaho,” Quast said in the release. “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. 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.
Jan Rogers, who is the head of Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho, ran the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization until fall 2015. Rogers’ time at SIEDO overlapped with Quast’s early tenure as Times-News publisher. Quast also was on the SIEDO board of directors.
“He’s just a fine human being,” Rogers said. “And very supportive of economic development. I don’t really have enough good words to say about him. He’s very thoughtful. He’s very much a community person. … He’s going to be a fantastic publisher and addition to our media group over here in eastern Idaho.”
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, in the release. “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.