St. George • The Spectrum newspaper in southern Utah has a new executive editor, a Utah native who spent more than a decade at the Arizona Republic.

The Spectrum reported Friday that Melissa Galbraith held several roles at the Phoenix newspaper, including assistant news editor, features desk chief and digital producer.

She replaces Steve Kiggins, who resigned in December to take a job in California.

Galbraith is scheduled to start Feb. 19 overseeing publications that cover St. George and Cedar City in Utah as well as Mesquite, Nevada.

She is a graduate of Alta High School in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy and also worked at the Salt Lake Tribune.

Arizona Republic editor Nicole Carroll says she is an experienced editor who has a passion for local news. Both newspapers are owned by Gannett.