McClatchy’s head of news leaves for new me­dia ven­ture

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - News - BY SCOTT BERSON sber­[email protected]

Tim Grieve, vice pres­i­dent of news for McClatchy, an­nounced Fri­day that he would step down from his po­si­tion fol­low­ing the midterm elec­tions on Nov. 7.

He will be mov­ing to a “new ven­ture in the me­dia space,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from McClatchy.

As vice pres­i­dent of news, Grieve over­sees the com­pany’s news­rooms and news strate­gies.

“Dur­ing a time of sig­nif­i­cant in­dus­try dis­rup­tion, Tim’s vi­sion for lo­cal jour­nal­ism and his in­tense fo­cus on the ar­eas where it can have the great­est im­pact has re­sulted in crit­i­cal achieve­ments for our com­pany: Our news­rooms now reach more peo­ple than ever be­fore with our own brand of lo­cal jour­nal­ism that holds pub­lic of­fi­cials ac­count­able, makes a con­crete dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­ni­ties and tells read­ers sto­ries in com­pelling ways that will di­rectly af­fect their lives,” said Craig For­man, pres­i­dent and CEO of McClatchy, in a news re­lease.

Grieve has a long his­tory with McClatchy, where he started as a re­porter for the Sacra­mento Bee. He later at­tended law school at Ge­orge­town Univer­sity be­fore re­turn­ing to jour- nal­ism and hold­ing lead­er­ship roles at Sa­lon, POLITICO and Na­tional Jour­nal be­fore re­turn­ing to McClatchy in 2015 and be­com­ing head of news in 2016.

“I started my ca­reer as a re­porter at the Sacra­mento Bee straight out of col­lege and was in­cred­i­bly lucky to get that job then. What struck me about the com­pany then is what strikes me about the com­pany now – it’s com­mit­ted to pro­duc­ing high-qual­ity lo­cal jour­nal­ism in the pub­lic in­ter­est,” Grieve told Nie­man Lab in 2016.

Grieve over­saw the com­pany’s “Rein­ven­tion” ini­tia­tive, which tasked news­rooms with re­think­ing which sto­ries should be cov­ered and how they would make the most im­pact.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly proud of the work we’ve done – and in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for the way in which McClatchy’s jour­nal­ists pour their hearts and souls into this work,” Grieve said in the re­lease. “While I’m ex­cited about the new project ahead of me, I’m go­ing to miss work­ing with the ex­tra­or­di­nary McClatchy team.”

With Grieve’s de­par­ture, For­man said McClatchy’s four re­gional ed­i­tors will re­port di­rectly

TIM’S VI­SION FOR LO­CAL JOUR­NAL­ISM AND HIS IN­TENSE FO­CUS ON THE AR­EAS WHERE IT CAN HAVE THE GREAT­EST IM­PACT HAS RE­SULTED IN CRIT­I­CAL ACHIEVE­MENTS FOR OUR COM­PANY. Craig For­man, pres­i­dent and CEO of McClatchy

Tim Grieve to him.

“We have a strong and dy­namic team of re­gional ed­i­tors who each have the strate­gic vi­sion, en­ergy and record of achieve­ment to push for­ward to our trans­for­ma­tion,” For­man said.

An­drew Pergam, vice pres­i­dent of video and new ven­tures, will over­see some as­pects of the news op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing re­al­time news, news desks and the rein­ven­tion team. Pergam, a Columbia Univer­sity grad, came to McClatchy in 2014 af­ter work­ing as a se­nior edi­tor and di­rec­tor of video at the Wash­ing­ton Post. He also spent years work­ing in tele­vi­sion news.

“Andy has done an out­stand­ing job build­ing our teams in video and new con­tent tech­nolo­gies and is well po­si­tioned to take on this im­por­tant re­spon­si­bil­ity,” For­man said in the re­lease.

McClatchy owns 30 me­dia com­pa­nies across the na­tion, in­clud­ing the Mi­ami Her­ald, Kansas City Star, Sacra­mento Bee and Char­lotte Ob­server, with head­quar­ters in Sacra­mento, Calif.

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