Examiner Editor in Chief Deirdre Hussey has left the newspaper after more than 10 years. Initial reports say that Hussey resigned from the paper amid a change in ownership, however, the new owners say that her departure was a "mutual decision."
Todd Vogt, president and publisher of the Examiner, told SF Weekly on Wednesday that after speaking with Hussey, the two decided to part ways effective immediately. Her abrupt departure included a nice severance. "Her institutional knowledge will be missed, but I think a fresh start and some fresh ideas in the Editor-in-Chief chair will be good," Vogt said.
The staff was informed of the decision Wednesday afternoon. The paper has started a search for a new editor in chief.
"Everyone is personally sorry to see her go, but professionally, everyone agrees a change is welcomed," Vogt told SF Weekly.
While the SF Appeal reports that sources claim
Vogt asked Hussey to stay on as an editorial consultant, he denied that offer was ever made.
"We wish her the best," Vogt said, offering no more comment.
The news came just a few days after the paper laid off an undisclosed number of employees as part of a major restructuring of the newspaper under its new ownership. In November, the former owner, Phil Anschutz announced he would sell the notoriously conservative newspaper
to a consortium of shareholders. After the sale closed on Nov. 30, the new owners announced not only would it scrap all the crazy right-wing screeds, but there would be layoffs, too (in full disclosure, I once worked for Hussey at the Examiner
Vogt said after Hussey's departure, there will be no more staff reductions anytime soon.
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