Chicago Tribune publisher to resign

Chicago Tribune publisher Scott Smith says he’s leaving the newspaper, just a week after Tribune Co. CEO Sam Zell and COO Randy Michaels...

Chicago Tribune publisher Scott Smith says he’s leaving the newspaper, just a week after Tribune Co. CEO Sam Zell and COO Randy Michaels disclosed sweeping changes in store for its newspapers, including redesigns and staff and content cuts.


The 30-year Tribune veteran told staffers on June 12 that he and the chain’s management “agree that it’s time for new leadership to lead the next wave of market-driven change in our business.”


Sound familiar? Less than two months ago, then-Wall Street Journal managing editor Marcus Brauchli, who also endured a notable ownership change, told colleagues that he was quitting the top editorial spot because “new owners should have a managing editor of their choosing.”

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