Kathy Vetter has been an editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1993. She has been managing editor for news, Sunday and projects editor and a city editor, among other positions.
She has been managing editor for digital and local news since 2012. She supervises the metro, state and business desks, digital and print products, photography/video and social media/engagement. She led the local project team through the transition to the NewsGate 3 (CCI) multiplatform content management system in 2013.
Before that, she was deputy managing editor for digital and multimedia, responsible for day-to-day operation of the newspaper’s Web site and digital media operations, beginning in 2005. In December 2009, she was asked to help supervise the Star-Telegram’s coverage of Super Bowl XLV.
She was the newspaper’s on-site editor after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, supervised more than two dozen reporters and photographers working from a hotel suite in midtown Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks in New York, and led a team to East Texas to cover the shuttle disaster in 2003.
She also helped direct coverage of the construction and debut of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in 1994 and Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at the ballpark in 1995.
Vetter grew up in Garland, Texas, and has lived and died with the Cowboys through the glory years of Staubach and Aikman and the not-so-great years of … well, let’s not name names.
Some people remember exactly what they were doing during the moon walk or Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction. Vetter can recall, in detail, where she was when Dwight Clark made The Catch over Everson Walls.
She is a 1983 graduate of Baylor University in Waco. She lives in Arlington with a gaggle of dachshunds and even more bicycles. She counts on both to help her blow off steam.
About the blog name:
Mont Ventoux is one of the most difficult climbs in the Tour de France. In the 1950s, in fact, a British cyclist named Tom Simpson died as he climbed up the hot, barren road during a Tour stage. (OK, drugs were involved, but still.) It seems a perfect metaphor for what faces traditional newspaper journalists as the world goes digital. Here’s hoping we don’t end up like Tom Simpson.