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Editor, vice president named at San Antonio Express-News

- By Patrick Danner pdanner@express-news.net twitter.com/AlamoPD

SAN ANTONIO — Marc Duvoisin has been named editor and vice president of the San Antonio Express-News.

Duvoisin had been a top editor at the Los Angeles Times for 16 years. As managing editor from 2012 through last summer, he oversaw all news gathering by the local, national, foreign, business and sports staffs.

Most recently, Duvoisin served as an editor-at-large at the Houston Chronicle for nine months. The Chronicle and the Express-News are owned by Hearst, a New York-based diversifie­d media company.

Duvoisin, 62, started at the Express-News on Monday. He succeeds Mike Leary, who retired May 18 after six years as the paper’s editor.

Duvoisin will head a newsroom of more than 115 journalist­s, share leadership of the Hearst Texas Austin and Washington bureaus, and work closely with the Chronicle and other Texas papers.

Duvoisin told Express-News journalist­s he wants to build on what the newspaper is already doing.

“The reporting is here, the knowledge of the city is here,” he said. “I want to, maybe, spike up the ambition a little bit … and to aim high and really aim to make a noise and make a difference in the city.”

Duvoisin takes the helm at a time when the 153-year-old Express-News, like newspapers around the country, is grappling with a challengin­g transition to the digital age from print. Last month, the paper laid off 14 reporters, editors and photograph­ers.

Express-News Publisher Susan Pape blamed “economic factors” for the cuts.

Hearst is focusing on increasing collaborat­ion between its Texas publicatio­ns, which also include daily newspapers in Beaumont, Laredo and Midland.

Duvoisin began his newspaper career at The Record in Bergen County, N.J., and later moved to the Philadelph­ia Inquirer, where his beats included Philadelph­ia City Hall and organized labor.

He later became the Inquirer’s Middle East correspond­ent, based in Cairo, covering the Iran-Iraq war, the U.S. bombing of Libya and the first Palestinia­n uprising, all in the 1980s.

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