Rob Curley leaves Las Vegas Sun

After four years at the Las Vegas Sun, Rob Curley is leaving the news organization. A memo from Brian Greenspun, the paper’s publisher and president, does not specify what Curley is doing next, just that “Rob has decided he has done what he can here.”

During Curley’s tenure at the Sun, he created a costly (and ultimately short-lived) video program called 702.tv, which lasted only four months. Curley became editor of Greenspun Interactive after two years at The Washington Post, where he was responsible for an unsuccessful hyperlocal effort, LoudounExtra.com. Prior to that, he was director of new media for the Naples and Bonita Daily News. But he is perhaps best known for his work in Lawrence, Kansas, from 2002-2005, where he headed a team that included Adrian Holovaty.

Memo from Brian Greenspun:

When Rob Curley came here nearly four years ago, he explained to me that his goal eventually was to return to the Midwest. Essentially we had him on loan until the call of the plains became too great.

Well, we’ve had him longer than we expected, but now the day has arrived when the Midwest beckons. Rob has decided he has done what he can here and it is time for him to move on. He’s focusing his efforts on getting back home or, at least, closer to home.

I’m sure I speak for all of us when I express my thanks to Rob for what he has accomplished. Greenspun Media Group has benefited immensely from his talents.

During Rob’s time here the Sun enjoyed an unmatched run of awards and honors and significantly grew its audience. I’m personally grateful to Rob for what he has done.

Please join me in wishing him well and I’m sure you, like me, will take great pleasure in all of Rob’s future successes.

Thanks,
Brian

Earlier: Curley says of his job in Vegas, “I feel like I’ve died and gone to journalism heaven” (Mediabistro) | What went wrong at the Las Vegas Sun and Greenspun Media Interactive (Las Vegas CityLife)

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  • http://www.WhoNeedsNewspapers.org Paul Steinle

    Rob Curley is one of the fascinating, forward-thinking newspaper/Internet thinkers. 
    To get a better sense of who he is just check out this 20-minuteintefview with him: http://www.whoneedsnewspapers.org/np_interviews.php?npId=nvlvs&ivId=nvlvs03.
     The interview was recorded early in 2011 at the Las Vegas Sun where he integrated hyperlocal attributes into the Sun’s website. It will be interesting to see where he goes next.

  • http://twitter.com/melissabowerks Melissa Bower

    He’s a genius but a little nutty. I remember he spoke to our journalism class about 10 years ago at KU. Rob Curley and some of his teammates have pioneered many new steps in online journalism through the Topeka Capital-Journal, Lawrence Journal World, Washington Post, and Las Vegas Sun. I’m sure there have been failures, as with any new venturing project, but it’s nice to know that there are individuals who see journalism three-dimensionally. We need more people who see the question of how to fund journalism projects in the future as an exciting challenge, and fewer who would like to stick their heads in the sand and pretend they can continue to function as a news organization without innovation.