Taylor to lead Cap Journal staff

John and two of his three English setters.

John D. Taylor has joined the Capitol Journal newsroom as managing editor.

Taylor, 58, most recently served as managing editor of two Montana weekly newspapers: The Madisonian, in Ennis; and the West Yellowstone Star, in West Yellowstone, the western gateway to Yellowstone National Park. He has also served as editor for The Hot Springs Star, in Hot Springs, South Dakota, and as news editor for The Journal, in Crosby, North Dakota.

Bringing more that 20 years of other newspaper experience to the job, including work at daily and weekly newspapers, as a staff writer, outdoors editor, outdoors and agribusiness/farming columnist and correspondent, Taylor said he is looking forward to serving the Pierre and Ft. Pierre community.

His other editing, writing and publishing credits include a lengthy list of outdoor magazine articles for publications like Gun Dog, Wing & Shot, Sports Afield and other outdoor and history magazines, as well as books. He has written eight books of his own, including histories of a conservation organization, a Boy Scout council, an international dental supply company, and five upland bird hunting/gun dog titles, including: The Wild Ones: A Quest for North America’s Forest and Prairie Grouse, Gunning the Eastern Uplands, A Gentleman’s Shooting Dog: The Evolution of the Legendary Ryman Setter, and 2012’s Prairie Autumn: A Mid-Continent Quest for Heart and Soul.

“Finally locating in Pierre is the fulfillment of a 20-year goal,” Taylor said.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Taylor noted that he has been aiming for a permanent home in the area since the 2000s, when he’ d visit South Dakota on hunting trips for upland birds — particularly sharp tail grouse — wild turkeys, pronghorns and deer. ‘

“I remember calling my wife from a Butte County antelope hunt,” he recounted, “It was 17 degrees and there was snow on the ground and the pastures were muddy and wet. I was doing the Wyoming crawl through all that on my first antelope hunt, and I said to her, ‘I’ve been crawling around through the mud and slop and this is great! I love this!”

More recently Taylor’s outdoor interests have focused on horses and riding. After working for a Montana Bob Marshall Wilderness big game hunting outfitter in the summer after he graduated from college, he came to love working with animals, especially horses. About 35 years later, he finally came to own his first horse, a Tennessee Walking horse named Ribbon.

Taylor and his wife Nancy, three Ryman-type English setters and their two horses will be making their home in the Pierre area.

“I know that John has extensive experience working in similar-sized newspaper markets, and I want our readers to know that we welcome their news and photo submissions. John will give them the priority they deserve,” said John Clark, Capital Journal publisher.

“I’m looking forward to serving the community here,” Taylor said. “I love South Dakota and returning here makes my heart sing.”

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