The Department of Natural Resources today announced Ed Golder would take over as the agency’s public information officer, effective Dec. 11, 2011.

Golder joins the DNR following a 25-year career at The Grand Rapids Press, where he reported, wrote and helped shape editorial positions on a broad range of local, state and national policy issues; helped create new media content for the www.MLive.com website, including videos and podcasts; and, most recently, served as editorial page editor.

“We are thrilled to have Ed bring his media expertise, insight and enthusiasm to the Department of Natural Resources,” said DNR Director Rodney Stokes.

“We’re working hard to connect more residents and visitors with the beauty of Michigan’s natural resources and the fun and enjoyment of outdoor recreation,” Stokes said. “Ed is going to play a key role in helping us tell our story.”

Golder has collected several industry awards for his investigative reporting, writing and editorial page work. In 2010, Golder’s editorial writing was recognized by the Michigan Press Association with a first-place award.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University of America and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Golder grew up in Big Rapids, Mich. He and his wife, Lisa, have four children. They live in Grand Rapids and enjoy hiking, camping and boating.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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