Kevin Kaufman, who worked at the Boulder Daily Camera for 25 years, most recently as the newspaper's executive editor, has died. He was 62.
Kaufman died at his home in Louisville on Sunday of complications from cancer, the newspaper reported .
"Simply put, Kevin Kaufman walked the Earth to serve his profession and his family. What he accomplished will never be forgotten," said Albert Manzi, president and CEO of Prairie Mountain Media.
Kaufman joined the Camera in 1994 as an assistant city editor and later became city editor. In 2005, he was named managing editor, and in November 2006, Manzi appointed him as the newspaper's executive editor.
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Kaufman helped the newspaper adapt to the digital age and directed its coverage of high-profile stories that included the ouster of outspoken University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill and the killing of JonBenet Ramsey.
More recently, Kaufman led the development of the Camera's offices in Boulder as a digital design hub where all 13 papers in the Prairie Mountain Media group — as well as the Denver Post, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press and the Boston Herald — are laid out daily. He did so amid an increasingly tough business climate that has seen thousands of newspaper jobs disappear as editors and publishers are forced to do more with diminishing resources, the Camera reported.
"Even after Kevin got sick, he cared about the Camera and the community it serves," said Julie Vossler-Henderson, central news editor for the newspaper. "It was always clear how much he supported and cared about the journalism being done by his staff."
Kaufman died the same day he received the Keeper of the Flame Award from the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The award is given annually by the state chapter to honor longtime journalists for their contributions and for mentoring young reporters.
"Kevin has made an immeasurable impact on journalism in Boulder County and Colorado since arriving at the Camera in the mid-'90s ... helping train and mold a generation of Colorado journalists," said Matt Sebastian, a former city editor at the Camera who now works for the Denver Post.
The Camera reported that Kaufman's supportive and down to Earth management style was captured best by the two short words that ended hundreds of his emails over the years to his fellow journalists: "Y'all rock."
The Littleton native is survived by his wife, Deanna; two adult daughters, Emily and Molly; and five brothers and sisters.