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From Blizzards To Beaches: Rocky Mountain News Editor To Hawaii For Hyperlocal Startup

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Former Rocky Mountain News editor John Temple is moving to Paradise.

Temple will be moving to Hawaii to serve as editor of Peer News, a local news service started by Pierre Omidyar, the founder and chairman of eBay.

Peer News is expected to launch in early Q2, though according to TechCrunch, the business model is still a mystery (to outsiders, not to Peer, presumably)

Temple wrote about the move on his own blog: “I’m moving to Paradise. For a dream job,” he said. “I feel very lucky to have had the opportunities I’ve had as a journalist. Every step of the way I’ve been able to become part of fascinating communities – Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Toronto, Denver – and now I look forward to immersing myself in Honolulu. I’m grateful to so many in Colorado and will miss my adopted state and the many friends I’ve made there. But I’m excited about the future and about the possibility of making a difference in a new community.”

Temple’s hiring his first staff: here’s an opening for a reporter and one for an assistant editor.

Who wouldn’t want to work in Hawaii?

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