Update, 5:30 p.m.: We just heard back from Gazette editor Joe Hight:
"Yes, we have hired Monica Mendoza as our city hall reporter," he writes. "We had a great pool of candidates, but thought Monica’s experience at the business journal as well as major metropolitan dailies provided a great fit for the Gazette and this important beat."
Fran Zankowski, CEO of both the Independent and the Colorado Springs Business Journal, has confirmed that Journal reporter Monica Mendoza will be leaving the paper to cover city politics for the Gazette. The important position was previously filled by Daniel Chacón, whose reassignment caused several community members to question Mayor Steve Bach's influence over the daily.
As far as Mendoza, CSBJ managing editor Rob Larimer wrote in an e-mail to the staff that, "She’s been a solid part of the Journal’s staff for nearly two years, covering tourism, banking, small business, entrepreneurs and the business of aging. She worked as a military reporter at the Schreiver Sentinel before joining the CSBJ staff."
E-mails to Mendoza and Gazette editor Joe Hight have not been returned as of yet, but we'll update this post if they are. Her LinkedIn page lists time spent at the Arizona Republic and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In the mean time, it's not known to us when she'll start for the daily, but her last day at the business paper is April 19.
"She’s a great writer and reporter," wrote Larimer, "and we’re sad to see her go."