Newsday, Observer Name New Editors

Debby Krenek.jpgIt’s a Friday afternoon a few weeks before the end of the year, but that hasn’t stopped two New York-area papers from announcing moves at the tops of their mastheads.

The latest editor of The New York Observer, Kyle Pope, named Christopher Stewart the paper’s deputy editor, according to a memo obtained by Romenesko. The two formerly worked together at Portfolio magazine, where Pope was one of two top editors and Stewart was a contributing editor. Pope was named editor of Observer last month.

Also today, Long Island newspaper Newsday announced a changing of the guard atop its masthead, as managing editor and senior VP of digital media Debby Krenek (pictured) was picked to succeed editor-in-chief John Mancini, who resigned.

Cablevision-owned Newsday‘s former publisher Tim Knight, resigned in September, with Terry Jiminez, the publisher of amNY, which is also owned by Cablevision, stepping in to replace him.

Full release about Krenek, after the jump

Christopher Stewart named NYO deputy editor –Romenesko


Melville, N.Y., December 11, 2009 — Newsday today announced that Debby Krenek has been named editor in chief of the daily newspaper, effective today. Ms. Krenek succeeds John Mancini, who resigned after five years as Newsday’s editor in chief. In her new position, which also includes the title of executive vice president of Digital Media, she assumes oversight of the newsroom and will continue to oversee

Ms. Krenek joined Newsday in 2001 as associate editor for special projects following a successful career at New York Daily News, which included a 3-year stint as editor in chief. In 2004, she was promoted to managing editor and in 2009, added on the title of senior vice president of Digital Media. Most recently, Ms. Krenek was responsible for leading the development and launch of’s pioneering Web model. This new approach brought together Newsday’s newsgathering capabilities with Cablevision’s industry-leading electronic distribution, making an exclusive benefit for Newsday home delivery and Optimum Online customers. Ms. Krenek will report to Newsday Publisher Terry Jimenez.

“Debby Krenek is a gifted editorial leader with a clear sense of our journalistic mission and the role Newsday plays on Long Island. She also has a strong understanding of the opportunities that exist on the web, having successfully led Newsday’s digital transformation,” said Tad Smith, Cablevision’s president of Local Media. “With this combined expertise, she is the ideal person to lead Newsday in the next phase of its development as we further our position as the first and most important choice for Long Islanders.”

“Having worked closely with Debby for a number of years, I am confident in her abilities to lead Newsday into the future,” said Terry Jimenez, publisher of Newsday. “We want to thank John Mancini for guiding Newsday’s coverage over the past five years. His tenure has been marked by many distinguished achievements, and he has skillfully guided our newsroom through one of the most challenging times in the history of the newspaper industry.”

Ms. Krenek said: “I am very grateful for this opportunity. Newsday is one of the great institutions in journalism, and I look forward to building upon the value and quality of its content and its position in the marketplace so it continues to grow and flourish for years to come.”

Prior to joining Newsday, Ms. Krenek was at New York Daily News. She started with the daily paper as a deputy managing editor in 1987 and was then named managing editor and executive editor. This was followed in 1997 by her being appointed New York Daily News editor in chief, a post she held until 2000. During her tenure, the paper won numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Abner Louima police brutality case.