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New Enid News & Eagle Executive Editor Rob Collins. (Staff Photo by BONNIE VCULEK)

Fifth-generation Garfield County resident Rob Collins has been named executive editor of the Enid News & Eagle.

Collins, 40, started on the job Monday and is returning to Enid after 22 years of living and working in other communities. He was editor-in-chief of the Oklahoma Gazette. Prior to that, he had been managing editor of the Edmond Sun and was education reporter, entertainment editor and assistant city editor of The Norman Transcript.

“In selecting a new editor, we reviewed candidates from all over the nation,” said News & Eagle Publisher Jeff Funk. “In the end, the one who impressed us most was an Oklahoma journalist with roots in Enid. Rob is an Enid High School graduate with family ties that go back to the Great Land Run.”

A 1993 journalism graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Collins has maintained ties to his alma mater and has taught writing as an adjunct instructor of journalism at OU since 1998.

“I understand the perspective of generations of readers ranging from the wheat field to an urban setting,” Collins said. “I also bring a forward-thinking perspective from living in the Oklahoma City metro area since graduating Enid High School in 1989.”

The News & Eagle and EnidNews.com are the primary information sources for a 10-county area of northwest Oklahoma, reaching more than 45,000 readers daily.

“I appreciate our strong readership as an indispensable news source in northwest Oklahoma,” Collins said. “We’ll continue to build on relevant coverage that’s reflective of our readers as we embrace 21st century technology.”

Funk said Collins will lead the News & Eagle newsroom as it deals with ever-changing ways to deliver information.

“This is a demanding time for the News & Eagle and EnidNews.com, as readers want more information, faster, and in more formats — in the home-delivered newspaper, through our website, and on mobile phones and iPads,” Funk said. “Rob is the right person to lead us through this time of transition.”

While at Enid High, Collins was a member of the EHS Big Blue Band.

“My family squatted near Turkey Creek just before the Cherokee Strip Land Run, so this is a return home where my parents and mother-in-law reside,” Collins said. “I can’t think of a better place to raise our young family.”

Collins served as editor-in-chief of the weekly Oklahoma Gazette publication in Oklahoma City from 2004 to 2011. In 2008, the Gazette won the Oklahoma Press Association’s highest honor, the Sequoyah Award, in its first year of eligibility in the Better Newspaper Contest.

He worked as managing editor at The Edmond Sun from 2002 to 2004 and won the Sequoyah Award both years.

He is a former member of The Associated Press/Oklahoma News Executives Board. An award-winning journalist, he won first place in diversity coverage and entertainment feature from the Society of Professional Journalists, 2010; and first place for in-depth/enterprise reporting from SPJ, 2007, reporting on the anniversary of the Rev. Stanley Rother’s assassination and his potential canonization.

His wife, Kim, is an educator for Oklahoma City Public Schools. They have two children: one daughter, Kalina, 11, and one son, Landon, 5. They plan to attend St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

His parents are Waukomis High School graduates Bob and Suzie Collins, of Enid.

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