The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities assumed ownership of Front Porch newspaper in February.
The transfer of ownership was prompted by the retirement of publishers Carol Roberts and Steve Larson, who donated the paper to the foundation.
Under the foundation, the paper will continue as a high-quality monthly community newspaper.
“Front Porch is a true neighborhood asset, and we look forward to our new relationship with the paper,’’ foundation CEO Tammi Holloway said.
Brian Weber, a foundation vice president and former journalist, serves as the paper’s editor.
Weber stressed that the foundation’s new role will be one of trust and stewardship, and that the paper will retain its editorial autonomy.
“For more than 20 years, Carol and Steve did an outstanding job in building Front Porch into a trusted source of news, information and entertainment for Northeast Denver,’’ he said. “We are pleased and proud to further support this community by supporting this great publication.”
The foundation was launched by the late Denver oilman and philanthropist Sam Gary in 1990 as the Stapleton Foundation. It wrote the redevelopment plan, known as the Green Book, for Stapleton, the city’s former airport that closed in 1995. The area’s name was changed to Central Park in 2020. The foundation changed its name in 2018.
At 4,700 acres, Central Park is the nation’s largest urban infill development. The foundation now works to advance the development’s responsibility laid out in the Green Book to promote and nurture lifelong learning, sustainable and healthy living, and alternative transportation.
The foundation believes it is well-positioned to take on Front Porch. Prior to joining the foundation, Weber was a newspaper reporter for 20 years, the last 10 at the now-closed Rocky Mountain News. He holds a master’s in nonprofit management from Regis University and an undergraduate degree in journalism from Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Joining Weber in day-to-day operations is a strong and experienced staff who have worked for the paper for many years.
Tracy Wolfer Osborne, managing editor/editorial, received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and secondary language arts education from the University of Wyoming. She worked for her college paper and publications in Anchorage, Alaska, then spent 10 years teaching English, mostly at Eaglecrest High School in Cherry Creek. She has been writing for Front Porch since 2019.
Christie Gosch, managing editor/design, who has been with the paper since 2008, graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor of fine arts. She has been a senior art director for a major marketing firm and worked in advertising for the former Gart Sports retail company.
Heather Weldon, ad sales manager, holds a political science degree from the University of Arizona. She has 15 years of experience in advertising and marketing, working at Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, the Karsh Hagan agency and in Chicago. She joined Front Porch in 2022.
Business Manager Sharon Young has an accounting degree from the National College of Business in Rapid City, South Dakota. She has provided bookkeeping services for many different clients for several decades and has worked for Front Porch since 2006.
Weber, Osborne, Gosch and Weldon are residents of Central Park.