Carole Leigh Hutton Named VP/News at Knight Ridder

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By: E&P Staff

Carole Leigh Hutton, the former editor and publisher of The Detroit Free Press, has been appointed vice president/news at Knight Ridder, effective Sept. 6. She replaces Jerry Ceppos, who announced his early retirement on Aug. 22.

?Carole Leigh has been an outstanding leader in the Detroit newsroom for many years,? said Art Brisbane, senior vice president of Knight Ridder, in a statement. ?Her recent drive to radically redesign the Free Press to fit the lifestyles of contemporary readers is an example of her special brand of forward thinking. In the newsroom of today, with its evolving integration of both the print and online platform, that will be a tremendous asset.?

Hutton joined the Free Press as an assistant city editor in 1990. In 2004, she became editor and publisher of the paper.

?Carole Leigh has been at the Free Press for 15 years, and they have not been easy times,? said Tony Ridder, CEO of Knight Ridder, in a statement. ?She joined us in the immediate aftermath of the joint operating agreement with Gannett; she was there for the strike in 1995 and for former executive editor Bob McGruder’s protracted illness and death in 2002. Through it all, she was not only a rock of stability, she was a tireless advocate of ever better, and ever more innovative journalism. Now her counsel will benefit all of Knight Ridder’s newspapers, and I could not be more pleased.?

Knight Ridder sold the Free Press to Gannett in a widely publicized newspaper swap on Aug. 3.

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