Momentous news, everyone! Today is the first day on the job for our brand new news editor, Mr. Denis C. Theriault.

Look at him, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Say hi!


Denis arrives at the Mercury after a decade at the nation's second-best Mercury, the San Jose Mercury News. He started out there as a copy editor, fresh from studying journalism at Northwestern University, and worked his way up to night city editor before deciding he wanted to hit the streets as a reporter. On the city hall and eventually state politics beat, he covered budget woes and the "colorful" personalities that occupy California's seats of power.

Denis, his wife and kid recently took up residence in St. Johns, which he describes as "a fine place to belly up next to a tweaker, a dock worker and a hipster." Clearly, one way or another, Denis will be fitting in.