Aljoša Rehar to take over as new STA editor-in-chief in December
Ljubljana, 8 September - Aljoša Rehar has been named the new editor-in-chief of the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) and is to take over for a four-year term in December from Barbara Štrukelj, who is ending her 12-year stint as the chief editor of the national press agency.
The decision on Rehar's appointment was issued by STA director Bojan Veselinovič on Wednesday after Rehar won backing from the vast majority of the agency's news staff in a secret ballot.
He is to take over at the beginning of December from Štrukelj, who had decided not to run for another term after three consecutive terms as the STA editor-in-chief.
Rehar said after Wednesday's vote that in the new term the STA editorial board would face demanding short- and medium-term challenges and that the goal was to show dedication and quality work in performing the duties of the national press agency.
He thanked Štrukelj for heading the STA editors in the past 12 years and for "her excellent management of the editorial board, which has made a great leap forwards under her guidance".
Štrukelj congratulated Rehar on being appointed the new editor-in-chief and said she believed he would implement the set objectives with good ideas, knowledge and persistence.
Rehar, who has a bachelor's degree in sociology of culture, has worked for the STA since 2000. After serving as journalist and editor, he has headed the STA's digital strategy group for the last seven years.
"The work of this team is the foundation of the participation of the STA in European and national research, innovation and awareness-raising projects," the STA leadership said on the occasion.
In August 2020, Rehar was named the Name of the Week by the public radio station Val 202 for his contribution in developing an advanced article-tracking tool that made the European Commission's list of the best European innovations.
He was a member of the STA supervisory board from the ranks of employees for two terms, and has also been representing the agency in national and international organisations.