SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- McClatchy (NYSE: MNI) announced today that veteran digital journalist Tim Grieve will succeed Anders Gyllenhaal as vice president of news this fall.
Grieve, who started his journalism career as a reporter at The Sacramento Bee, returned to McClatchy last year to lead the company's digital readership efforts. A graduate of Stanford University and the Georgetown University Law Center, Grieve, 52, was previously editor-in-chief of National Journal and served in multiple leadership roles at POLITICO, including Congressional bureau chief, managing editor and founding editor of POLITICO Pro.
Gyllenhaal, 64, has been McClatchy's vice president, news, and Washington editor since 2010. He will leave the vice president position in October in accordance with retirement policies for corporate officers. After a brief hiatus, he will return in a new role as senior editor and director of leadership and development. Grieve will move into the vice president role on October 4, 2016.
President and CEO Patrick Talamantes said the company is delighted to have found a leader with a deep knowledge of both digital publishing and the McClatchy tradition.
"Tim has a reputation for being aggressively transformative while sticking to his journalistic guns," he said. "His initiatives have continued to grow our digital audience and his arrival provided the company with some much needed and strategic bench strength."
Grieve, who has been working in Washington, D.C., for the past decade, will return to live and work in Sacramento.
"This is a homecoming for me, but it's not about nostalgia," said Grieve. "McClatchy is in the midst of a massive digital transformation, and I'm thrilled to play a role in it -- not just in building readership, but in the daily quest to produce powerful public-service journalism that holds our leaders accountable and makes our communities better."
Talamantes said that the new role for Gyllenhaal will take advantage of his extensive experience and knowledge of both the industry and media leadership. Among his duties will be expanding the company's leadership development programs, establishing an ambitious recruiting operation and taking on special projects.
"There is no one better suited in the country than Anders to help us build the kind of leaders and culture we will need for the future," said Talamantes. "Anders is a great developer of talent and is well respected throughout the industry."
Prior to becoming vice president, news and Washington editor, Gyllenhaal was the senior vice president and executive editor of the Miami Herald from 2007 to 2010. He led two other McClatchy newsrooms over his career: from 2002 to 2007 he was editor and senior vice president of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and from 1997 to 2002 he was executive editor of The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. Before that, he held a series of reporting and editing jobs at The Herald, The Press of Atlantic City and the Daily News Record.
A graduate of George Washington University, Gyllenhaal is chair of the Poynter Institute's National Advisory Board and is on the board of the American Society of News Editors and the Inter American Press Association, and has chaired and served on the boards of the Pulitzer Prize, the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and several journalism schools. He has been a long-time advocate for press freedom and government openness.
"It's been a true honor to help lead our editors and these terrific newsrooms at a time when so much is at stake,'' said Gyllenhaal. "Tim will be a superb leader and I very much look forward to working with him.''
McClatchy is a 21st century news and information leader, publisher of iconic brands such as the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, The Charlotte Observer, The (Raleigh) News & Observer, and the (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram. McClatchy operates media companies in 28 U.S. markets in 14 states, providing each of its communities with high-quality news and advertising services in a wide array of digital and print formats. McClatchy is headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., and listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MNI.