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Bergner: Don’t hate on the Packers; and an exciting opportunity
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Green Bay Packers' Andrew Quarless kisses the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Packers' 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL Super Bowl XLV football game Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (Dave Martin/AP)

Green Bay Packers' Andrew Quarless kisses the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Packers' 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL Super Bowl XLV football game Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (Dave Martin/AP)

As many of you undoubtedly saw in Sunday’s business section of The Daily Courier, I was recently promoted to news/sports editor for the Prescott News Network, which includes the Courier, the Prescott Valley Tribune and the Chino Valley Review.

Although our publisher, Kit Atwell, took a shot in the article at my favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers, I would like to make sure and set the record straight. Although the Packers have four Super Bowl titles, and the Pittsburgh Steelers lead the NFL with six, it is Green Bay that by far has the most championships (13) compared to the Steelers (still just six).

Green Bay won nine NFL championships before they ever played a Super Bowl: 1966 was the first, played in Los Angeles’ Memorial Coliseum. How many did Pittsburgh have at that point … that’s right, ZERO.

Mwhahaha!

Now that we have that out of the way, I want to say how excited and honored I am to be in this new position for the Courier. Being the news AND sports editor for our publications is an amazing opportunity, and I look forward to working more closely with our excellent team of editors, reporters and production staff.

Yes, I will still be involved daily with the sports section, making sure to bring you sports fans out there some great local, state and national coverage, but I will now also be involved with news.

My first three years working for this company have been excellent, and I look forward to many more to come. My wife and two young children love this community, and we’re so proud to be a part of it.

So what does taking the news/sports editor job mean for our readers? Hopefully, a lot of good things to come. I’ve learned a lot from our senior editor, Tim Wiederaenders, about how to do this job and do it right. He’s an impressive individual with a long history in this town. I hope to continue learning from him and I feel prepared to take this step.

Les Stukenberg, our photo editor, is another member of our editor team. Chances are if you attend any major event, whether it’s the Christmas Parade, the Boot Drop on New Year’s Eve, or a local sporting event, you’ve seen him there taking great photos. He’s taught me about the art side of the business, and how to look at things from a different perspective.

We also have a new copy editor, Douglas Graham. He’s been impressive so far in his ability to learn on the fly, how to adapt to new surroundings and once he’s fully up to speed, will be a great contributor to our newsroom. As a longtime news man, I hope to learn a lot from him.

I can’t forget WNI Digital Media and Content Director Richard Haddad, he drives us all to be better every day. We wouldn’t be where we are as a company without him.

The same is true for all of those in our newsroom, from Matt Van Doren and Glenn Koshut in production, to Brenda Brown our editorial assistant, to our reporters Doug Cook, Nanci Hutson, Cindy Barks, Jason Wheeler, Sue Tone and Max Efrein.

This is our team, this is our passion and we’re here every day working to bring you the latest news, sports and more. This is our community, too, and I’m confident we’ll continue to do great things.

Thanks for reading!

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is news/sports editor for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @NewsSportsNotes. Email bbergner@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.

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