Michael Hiestand Takes Buyout, Leaves USA Today

By Chris O'Shea Comment

Michael Hiestand is leaving USA Today after 24 years. According to the Sherman Report, Hiestand has accepted a buyout from the paper. Hiestand said that he decided it was time to try something new.

“The people at USA Today do a good job. There are some good people there. But I’m ready to try some new things. You just want to figure out, ‘What is the right niche for me?’ Having the buyout will give me a little bit of time. It gives me some time away from the everyday deadlines.”

Hiestand’s last column ran Friday.