SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- McClatchy today named Aminda Marqués González as Editor and Publisher of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, and expanded the leadership role of Sara Glines as Regional Publisher of McClatchy's Carolinas and East regions. They will begin in their new roles on April 15.
Marqués and Glines succeed Alexandra Villoch who is stepping down after 19 years at the Miami Herald Media Company to lead the Miami-based Baptist Health Foundation of South Florida as CEO. Villoch was also Regional Publisher for McClatchy's East region comprising seven local media companies.
"We're grateful to Alex for her strong leadership, dedication to local journalism and passion for Miami over nearly two decades," said Craig Forman, McClatchy's President and CEO. "At the same time, we could not be happier to appoint Mindy and Sara to these important leadership positions, continuing the high-impact essential journalism that resulted in two Pulitzer Prizes at the Herald and other prestigious awards in recent years."
Marqués, currently Executive Editor of the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald and the Bradenton Herald, grew up in South Florida and began her journalism career in 1986 as an intern at the Miami Herald. She was recently inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Hall of Fame. During her tenure, the Miami Herald has won two Pulitzer Prizes and has been a finalist three times.
Most recently, she led the Miami Herald's coverage of youth gun violence in observance of the anniversary of the Parkland tragedy in an unprecedented collaboration with the non-profit The Trace and McClatchy newsrooms across the country.
Marqués is a 1986 graduate of the University of Florida, where she was honored in 2012 as an Alumni of Distinction by the College of Journalism and Communications. She serves on the board of the Pulitzer Prizes, is past president of the Florida Society of News Editors and is an advisory board member for the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for Women in Communication at Florida International University. Marqués will continue in the role of Executive Editor of the Bradenton Herald.
"We're thrilled to promote Mindy to this new position," said Forman. "Her distinguished accomplishments in journalism, her integrity and courageous leadership combine to make her one of the true stars of McClatchy," added Forman. "With her strong and dedicated team in Miami, we know she will continue her record of achievement."
"Growing up, my singular goal was to work at my hometown paper and I am excited to begin this new chapter leading the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald. I am so grateful for the support of all of my colleagues in Miami as I make this transition," commented Marqués González. "I've been lucky to have worked closely with Alex Villoch over the past five years and am grateful for her leadership and mentorship."
Sara Glines has led the McClatchy's Carolina region for the past three years. She is a veteran of the publishing industry and a leader in transformational change. Adding the East region to her current portfolio in the Carolinas, Glines will be responsible for 17 McClatchy media companies. Marqués will report to Glines in her capacity as Publisher of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.
Glines came to Raleigh after years as regional publisher with both Gannett and Digital First Media. Glines was Editor-in-Chief of NJ.com, one of the first major digital-only news sites. She also led the digital transition of various national magazines, including Car & Driver, Woman's Day, and Elle. She has been an industry leader in moving newspapers and magazines into the digital world to meet the ever-changing needs of the audience and the businesses they serve.
"Sara has a proven track record of solid business performance, strategic insight and boundless entrepreneurial energy to take on this expanded role," said Forman. "She has taken on several enterprise-wide strategic initiatives and delivered every time; we're thrilled that she is taking on a larger leadership role at McClatchy."
"My top priority is to continue to make sure we are meeting the needs of our readers, digital audiences, and our business partners today and long into the future," said Glines. "What we do is important and I am committed to making sure that the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald and all of McClatchy's news operations are doing work that makes a difference in our communities.
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