By: Staff Reports
Oppedahl Was 11-Year Veteran Of Phoenix Daily
John Oppedahl resigned on Friday as publisher, president, and CEO of The Arizona Republic, effective immediately, the Phoenix daily reports.
Oppedahl, who served as publisher for four years, declined to comment on his plans. However, the Republic reports that industry speculation is that Oppedahl will be the next publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Oppedahl worked his way up to managing editor at the Detroit Free Press before moving to the Dallas Times Herald as national editor and foreign editor. In 1989, Oppedahl was hired at the Republic as managing editor.
As publisher of the Republic, Oppedahl oversaw the merger with The Phoenix Gazette and the implementation of a number of new technologies at the newspaper, such as graphic information systems (GIS) that are used in the editorial, marketing, art and circulation departments.
“I’ve had an amazing time at The Arizona Republic,” Oppedahl said in a prepared statement. “It’s a terrific paper with a great staff. We’ve accomplished a lot, but there are some other things I’d like to do and this seems like a perfect time to seek them out.”
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