The rumors were true: Mark Zieman has written his last always-look-on-the-bright-side-of-life layoff memo as publisher of The Kansas City Star. Zieman is getting raptured up the corporate ladder to become the vice president of operations for McClatchy Co. in Sacramento, California. He'll oversee 13 papers, including the Star.
Zieman told the Star: "I love The Star and Kansas City and would have been happy serving both forever. But the future of newspapers in our democracy is now being written and reimagined in communities across our country. ... To help lead that effort, yet still oversee my hometown paper, is the perfect opportunity for me.
Credit media watcher John Landsberg for breaking
As Pitch managing editor David Martin pointed out earlier this month, Zieman is following the path
of Art Brisbane, the former Star editor and
publisher who became an executive at Knight Ridder. McClatchy bought the
Star and other newspapers from Knight Ridder in 2006.
In a Pitch exclusive, here's footage of Zieman and wife (and former Star columnist), Rhonda Chriss
Lokeman, leaving town.