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February 19, 2013

Free Press Associate Editor Mike Kilian Lands Top Job at Maryland Paper

The second-in-command at the Burlington Free Press newsroom has landed a new gig.

The Freeps reports that Associate Editor Mike Kilian has been named executive editor of the Gannett-owned Daily Times of Salisbury, Md. Kilian will also oversee eight weekly newspapers and the website

He starts the new gig on March 4, the Freeps reports.

From the story:

Kilian joined the Burlington Free Press in fall 2010. In Vermont, he planned and edited coverage recognized in Best of Gannett, Associated Press Media Editors and Sigma Delta Chi contests, including First Amendment work on Vermont’s embezzlement scourge and on poor oversight of search warrants, breaking news and features coverage of Tropical Storm Irene, and online coverage of the nation’s first fatal shooting at an Occupy encampment.

Executive editor Mike Townsend lavished praise on his number two — in a gruff, terse newsman sort of way.

“I am proud of Mike. He will be missed at the Free Press,” said Burlington’s executive editor, Michael Townsend. “He was the best assignment editor I’ve ever hired.”

Incidentally, if you're wondering where the heck Salisbury, Md., is, it's here.

Kilian tells the Freeps that he wants to increase enterprise reporting in Maryland  and will "aim high" when it comes to investigative and "First Amendment" reporting. He also says he'll expand the use of social media at the papers.

Kilian did not immediately return a phone call Tuesday evening, and an email came back with an auto- reply message that said he was out of the office until Wednesday, February 20.

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