Dustin Kopp has been named the editor of The Mountain Echo newspaper in Ironton.
Kopp has been in the media industry for over a decade. He recently worked at a local radio and television station where he was the weather anchor and news director.
As a Farmington native, Dustin is the oldest son of Mark and Connie Kopp. He also has a brother, Austin.
Kopp’s career started in middle school with a class on video recording techniques. During high school he participated in Black Knight Television [BKTV] in Farmington, where he continued to learn video techniques, as well as editing. During his junior year of high school he was part of the weekly newscast as weather anchor and added producing the newscast his senior year.
Dustin attended Mineral Area College in Park Hills, where he earned his associates in Communications. During that time, he continued to help with production of weekly football games and other duties of BKTV. Dustin went on to attend the University of Missouri – Columbia. During that time, he interned at the university owned television station KOMU, which is the area’s NBC affiliate. A year later, he came back and worked at a local broadcast company both on the radio and television. During that time, Kopp was News Director for numerous years.
Prior to being named editor of The Mountain Echo, he worked in the mental health field for two years. Dustin says that it was a big change from working in the broadcast industry, however it was a rewarding one.
Dustin is married to his college sweetheart Danica, of Ironton. Danica is a 2007 graduate of AVHS, and the daughter of Danny and Michele Strange, of Ironton. They have two daughters Declynn and Danleigh. They also have two cats, Dolly and Dash, and a dog, Duey. The Kopp family currently resides in Desloge, however considers Ironton home as well. The family also attends church at Meadow Heights, where Dustin serves on the tech team.
“I have considered Ironton as my second home for over a decade, and I’m excited to be here and be the editor of such a wonderful newspaper,” says Kopp. “I’m looking forward to writing compelling stories about the Iron County area that are important to the residents that live here.”