By: E&P Staff
After 34 years at the newspaper, Tony Barbieri, managing editor for The Sun of Baltimore, announced his retirement in a memo to staff today, effective at the end of the summer.
In the memo, posted at the Romenesko Web site, Barbieri observed that he wanted to “spend the last portion of my career teaching or in some other way giving back to journalism.” Barbieri said he was proud to have been a part of making the Sun a “truly extraordinary newspaper” and expressed faith in Editor Tim Franklin’s ability to carry on, despite mounting cutbacks.
In his own memo to staff, Franklin noted, “With all of the changes here this year, I’m sure you’re wondering whether there’s some subterranean significance to his early retirement. But, today’s announcement has a simple story line. Tony was not forced out. Tony and I didn’t have a falling out. Tony isn’t fleeing. This was just a good time for Tony to take retirement. I will miss him greatly. …
“Tony Barbieri is a wonderful managing editor and an even better person. He has been an invaluable partner, sage adviser and gracious colleague these past six months. His commitment to the highest journalistic standards is unwavering.”
In searching for a replacement, Franklin promised to cast a wide net, which means the process likely will take a few months.