PENDLETON — A familiar face is taking on new roles with the East Oregonian and the EO Media Group.

Andrew Cutler, who has spent the last 13 months as editor of the East Oregonian, is stepping into the duties of publisher of the East Oregonian and Hermiston Herald, taking over the role from Chris Rush. Cutler will take over as publisher on Wednesday, July 1.

“Sometimes you have good luck and don’t have to look very far to find the right person,” said EO Media Group Chief Operating Officer Heidi Wright. “It’s critical to be able to have someone with the past experience of Andrew to maintain our role in the communities we serve and keep a relevant, reflective and credible connection to those communities.”

Cutler said the past year as editor of the East Oregonian has been eye opening, but he’s excited to assume the new role and help the paper moving forward.

“It’s incredibly humbling and gratifying,” Cutler said of being named publisher. “The company and its eastside papers have a long, proud history, and I don’t take my position and responsibility of continuing it lightly.”

Rush is leaving after a little more than two years in Pendleton to move to Amarillo, Texas, with his wife at the end of July to be closer to their family in the region.

“I am hoping to leverage my many years of experience in the news industry into a possible teaching career at the college level, as well as some other professional projects,” Rush said of his next steps while speaking highly of his replacement. “Andrew Cutler is a consummate journalist and one of the best editors I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. He places high value on accuracy and telling the full story.”

During his time, Rush helped lead the company through its regional transition when it purchased the La Grande Observer and the Baker City Herald in 2019.

“These last couple of years — and especially these last few months — have been a challenging time for the newspaper industry, and Chris Rush has been an integral part of helping EO Media Group navigate through these times,” said EO Media Group Vice President Kathryn Brown. “We will miss his wisdom and experience, but he leaves the East Oregonian and our sister papers in the region in good hands.”

In addition to the publisher duties, Cutler will also serve as the regional editorial director overseeing the East Oregonian, Hermiston Herald, Blue Mountain Eagle, Wallowa County Chieftain, La Grande Observer and Baker City Herald.