San Diego Union-Tribune editor resigns

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Posted: Dec 01, 2009 5:32 PM

The San Diego Union-Tribune's longtime editor has resigned, becoming the latest senior executive to leave under new ownership, the newspaper reported Tuesday.

Karin Winner will retire from the city's dominant newspaper at the end of the year. Publisher Ed Moss said he would immediately begin seeking a replacement.

Winner, 64, began her career in 1976 as a reporter for The San Diego Union. She was appointed executive editor of The San Diego Union-Tribune in 1992, when the Union merged with the San Diego Evening Tribune. In 1995, she was named editor, the top news position.

Besides merging the Union and Tribune newsrooms, Winner oversaw coverage of two major wildfires and work that won two Pulitzer Prizes _ in 2009 for Steve Breen's editorial cartoons and in 2006 in the national reporting category for stories that sent Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham to prison.

Winner said that she hopes to do philanthropic work and that people have urged her to consider consulting work in journalism or in academia.

"I'll always look back with enormous pride at what we've accomplished and now I look forward to being an avid reader of your hard work," she told the newspaper.

In a note to employees, Moss wished Winner "the very best that life has to offer as she enters a new and exciting stage of life."

"To assist in our transition, Karin has offered her journalistic counsel through the coming year," he wrote.

Platinum Equity LLC bought the Union-Tribune in May from Copley Press Inc. It was the first newspaper purchase for the Beverly Hills, Calif., investment firm.

Union-Tribune Chief Executive Gene Bell announced his resignation when the sale was announced, and other executives have left since, including Bob Kittle, the editorial page editor.

The newspaper also has announced more than 300 job cuts since the ownership change.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.signonsandiego.com