GARY COOK1Gary Cook, a veteran publisher and marketing executive with strong Nevada roots, has been hired as publisher of The Ely Times.

Cook replaces Dave Costello, who has moved on to work for Robinson Nevada Mining Company.

“Dave was a great publisher for The Ely Times and we will miss him,” said Kirk Kern, chief operating officer of Battle Born Media, which owns the newspaper. “He was instrumental in our transition from the previous ownership group when we took over in 2011.

“We didn’t skip a beat under Dave.”

Cook relocated from Algood, Tenn., where he ran his own business consulting company. His first day at the newspaper was Jan. 20.

“I’m truly excited to be back in Nevada and for the opportunities that lie ahead here in Ely,” Cook said.

“Obviously, Dave Costello and this fine staff have done a great job so we’ll try to continue on that course.”
Cook has worked in the distribution department of many California newspapers. He was marketing manager for Nevada Magazine for five years and also general manager of Lake Tahoe-based Adventure Media.

During his previous time in Nevada, he also was a top high school basketball referee and baseball/softball umpire and worked many games in Ely.

He said he’s excited to return to Nevada as he’ll be closer to his son and grandchildren, who live in Carson City.

“Gary knows the market very well and has traveled extensively throughout Nevada,” Kern said. “He’s got a strong newspaper background and will be a big asset to The Ely Times and all of our publications.

Battle Born Media owns and operates The Ely Times, Eureka Sentinel, Lincoln County Record and the Mineral County Independent-News.