Bert Etling edited the Ashland Daily Tidings from 2014 to 2019, leading a local news revival for the cherished community paper that saw a five-fold increase in local content and 30 percent increase in circulation. Before that, he edited The Cambrian, a weekly newspaper published by the San Luis Obispo Tribune, part of the McClatchy Corp. During his 13 years as managing editor for The Cambrian, the paper won numerous awards, including General Excellence, the top prize in the prestigious California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspapers contest, and was also runner-up for three straight years. The paper also took second place in the nationwide Inland Press Association contest for two straight years. Etling also earned several individual awards, primarily for editorial writing and newspaper design at The Cambrian and while editing the Santa Ynez Valley News, the Solvang, Calif., paper where he began his community journalism career in 1982. Etling has a degree in philosophy from Stanford University.