By: Joe Strupp
Updated at 4:35 p.m., May 6
Gregory L. Moore, managing editor of The Boston Globe, will be named editor of The Denver Post Monday, according to Post Publisher William Dean Singleton.
With Moore at the helm starting June 10, the Post will become the highest-circulation daily newspaper in the United States with an African-American editor. The Post‘s Monday-Friday circulation is 309,174.
“I’m very proud of it because I think it will allow us to do an even better job in diversity than we have,” Singleton told E&P. “But I hired him for his ability and his background.”
Moore, 47, could not be reached for comment, and Globe Executive Editor Helen Donovan declined to comment about the move, other than to say, “When something’s announced, I’ll be glad to talk to you.”
Moore will replace Glenn Guzzo, the Post editor who confirmed Thursday that he would leave his position at the newspaper in 30 days.
Guzzo, who had been the Post‘s editor since August 1999, said he had come to a mutual agreement with Singleton over his resignation. He added that “Dean Singleton wants to hire his own editor.
“We had a frank conversation about my future at the Post, and it became clear that this was the way to go,” Guzzo, 51, told E&P.
Singleton described Guzzo as a very good editor, but said he wanted to choose someone who shared his view of the paper’s future. “I own the restaurant, I hire the chef,” he said. “But I’ve got to like the food.”
Describing Moore’s qualifications, Singleton said he was “a managing editor of one of the finest regional dailies in the country and has played a major role in making it that way.”
Guzzo’s departure comes a little more than a year after the Post entered into a joint operating agreement (JOA) with its former crosstown rival, the Rocky Mountain News. Around the time the JOA became effective, Singleton replaced Gerald Grilly in the publisher’s position, while retaining his longtime positions as vice chairman and CEO of Denver-based MediaNews Group Inc., which owns the Post and 45 other daily newspapers in 10 states.
The Post was ranked as the 29th largest daily newspaper in the country in the 2002 E&P International Year Book.