April 24, 2012
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MCT appoints Debra Leithauser as new editor
CHICAGO, April 24, 2012—McClatchy-Tribune Information Services (MCT), a joint venture of the McClatchy and Tribune companies, today announced Debra Leithauser will become the new editor for MCT, the world’s leading supplemental news and image service.
Effective May, 28, 2012, Leithauser will oversee the day-to-day editorial, production and delivery of news articles, feature stories, photos, graphics, illustrations, caricatures, themed content packages and paginated products supplied to more than 1,200 media clients across the country and internationally.
“Debra brings a wealth of experience, high energy and a strong command of digital journalism developed as a reporter, copy editor, designer, magazine editor, design director and managing editor over the past 20 years,” said Anders Gyllenhaal, McClatchy’s vice president for news/Washington editorial. “This experience combined with her thorough knowledge of the industry’s long-standing digital needs will serve MCT’s role well in this changing business.”
Leithauser comes to MCT from the Washington Post where she served as an editor. Over the last 10 years, she was responsible for their Sunday magazine, as well as played lead roles in a redesign of the paper, and the recently launched Washington Post city guide app for the iPhone.
She began her career at the Orlando Sentinel as a reporter, copy editor and later became the design director for the Sentinel’s Sunday magazine. Leithauser then worked at MCT as an editor, managing editor and design director for five years. She graduated with an honors degree in Journalism from the University of Florida in 1992, and was a Duke University Media Fellow in 2007.
“I loved working at MCT and am thrilled to return after so many years,” Leithauser said. “I look forward to working with the talented journalists in its newsroom and with its nearly 700 contributors to create innovative digital content solutions for clients.”
About The McClatchy Company
The McClatchy Company is the third largest newspaper company in the United States, with 30 daily newspapers, approximately 50 non-dailies, and direct marketing and direct mail operations. McClatchy also operates leading local websites in each of its markets which extend its audience reach. The websites offer users comprehensive news and information, advertising, e-commerce and other services. Together with its newspapers and direct marketing products, these interactive operations make McClatchy the leading local media company in each of its premium high growth markets. McClatchy-owned newspapers include The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer, and The (Raleigh) News & Observer.
McClatchy also owns a portfolio of premium digital assets, including 14.4% of CareerBuilder, the nation's largest online job site, 25.6% of Classified Ventures, a newspaper industry partnership that offers two of the nation's premier classified websites: the auto website, cars.com, and the rental site, Apartments.com and 33.3% of HomeFinder, LLC which operates the real estate website HomeFinder.com. McClatchy is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MNI.
About Tribune Company
TRIBUNE is one of the country’s leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing, and interactive. The company’s broadcasting group owns or operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable and Chicago’s WGN-AM. In publishing, Tribune’s leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune’s print and broadcast properties and extend the company’s nationwide audience.
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