Billings Gazette editor Steve Prosinski, who took over leadership of the newsroom staff in 2000, is leaving the newspaper June 14.
"I've had 13 exhilarating years helping the best team of journalists in the region do terrific and meaningful work," Prosinski said. "And now, I'm looking forward to some free time to travel, to spend time with family and friends and to explore more of our great Big Sky country."
During Prosinski's tenure, The Montana Newspaper Association named The Gazette the state's best large-daily newspaper six times, including the past four years in a row. Gazette journalists have also earned six Lee President's Awards for journalistic excellence. The annual awards are the highest honor presented by Lee Enterprises, The Gazette's parent company comprising 48 daily papers.
Prosinski has served on the Montana Newspaper Association board of directors and the University of Montana School of Journalism Advisory Council. He was a juror for the Pulitzer Prize competition in 2010.
"I am very sad Steve is leaving Billings Gazette Communications," said Gazette publisher Mike Gulledge. "His excellent leadership skills coupled with a relentless focus to deliver strong local news will be missed. Steve is a top editor in our company and the industry, and I really enjoyed working with him."
Gulledge said the process to find a new editor is underway.