Vince Echavaria, an Argonaut reporter since August 2004, has been promoted to news coordinator, replacing Anita Varghese.

A native of New Jersey, Echavaria came to Marina del Rey after serving as a staff writer on The Independent, a weekly community newspaper published in Freehold, New Jersey.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where his concentration was on news editorial.

His courses included reporting, news editing, media law and press photography.

While in Boulder, he interned at The Daily Camera, covering high school sports.

Echavaria can be reached at (310) 822-1629 ext. 122 or