When former USA Today editor in chief David Callaway left the publication in June 2016 to serve as CEO of TheStreet, it was USA Today chief content officer Joanne Lipman who announced the news to staff while noting that Patty Michalski, then managing editor for digital, would serve as interim editor in chief as the publication conducted “a nationwide search” for Callaway’s replacement.
That search has led back to USA Today, with Lipman herself being named editor in chief, a role she will serve in as she continues her current duties as chief content officer of the USA Today Network.
Lipman is the first female EIC of the publication to serve in a non-interim capacity. She joined Gannett, publisher of USA Today, in Dec. 2015. Lipman had previously been founding editor of Condé Nast Portfolio, which shuttered in 2009. Prior to that, she had spent more than two decades at The Wall Street Journal and had been deputy managing editor at the time of her departure in 2005. Among her accomplishments at the Journal was the launch of Weekend Journal in 1998, a Friday section devoted to coverage areas that included travel, entertainment, sports, art and real estate.
Michalski also gets a new role, as senior director of digital audience development for the USA Today Network and USA Today’s executive editor, digital, responsible for USA Today’s mobile and social team as well as setting digital strategy across the network.