‘Akron Beacon Journal’ Editor Resigns


(AP) The editor of the Akron Beacon Journal has resigned effective March 1, citing personal reasons.

In a memo to her staff on Monday, Jan Leach said she had struggled to “juggle demands for editor, mother, wife, community involvement, and more.”

Leach, 47, said she was giving up some of her many tasks. She has been editor since March 1998.

James N. Crutchfield, publisher and president, said the search for Leach’s replacement would begin immediately. “Jan has been an outstanding editor of the Beacon Journal,” he said. “She made the Beacon Journal an even better newspaper during her five years as editor.”

Leach’s tenure included budget cuts at the newspaper. Staffing was substantially reduced in 2001 with the first newsroom layoffs in the newspaper’s history and later a buyout program.

Leach began her news career as a police reporter with The Review Times of Fostoria, Ohio, in 1977 and has held editing positions at several newspapers, including The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Arizona Republic in Phoenix.

She and her husband, John, have three daughters.

The Akron Beacon Journal, which is owned by Knight Ridder, has a daily circulation of 141,000.

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