Gyllenhaal to Succeed Fiedler as ‘Miami Herald’ Editor

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By: E&P Staff

Tom Fiedler, executive editor of the Miami Herald, will retire after 33 years at the paper in February and will be replaced by Anders Gyllenhaal, editor and senior vice president of The Minneapolis Star Tribune, the paper annonced today.

Both papers are now owned by McClatchy.

David Landsberg, president and publisher of the Miami Herald Media Co., made the announcement today.

Gyllenhaal, 55, is a former Miami Herald reporter and editor and was also executive editor of the The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. He wrote in a note to his newsroom: “I want you to know this has been a very difficult decision that has kept me awake many nights. In the end, my family and I decided to take a kind of homecoming, returning to the place where Beverly [his wife] and I met, where our children were born and where I had my journalistic upbringing. We?re leaving sooner than I ever expected, but the leadership of the newsroom will be in extremely good hands.”

Landsberg said that Fiedler’s “enormous contribution to this newspaper will be measured in three decades of award-winning work — as a reporter, as a columnist and as an editor, at various times, of both opinion and news.”

Fiedler, 60, shared a Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting, served as editor of The Herald’s editorial pages from 1999 until 2001, then took the post of executive editor.

”It has been an honor for me to have led The Miami Herald newsroom and to have been a journalist here,” said Fiedler, in a statement. “The contributions I have made are few in comparison to the friendships I have treasured and the lessons I have learned.”

In the years since he left The Herald in 1991, “Anders has become a leader in our industry, known both for his innovations in news and for preserving and promoting the best in traditional journalistic values,” Landsberg said today, according to the Herald.

”It’s a true privilege to come back to The Miami Herald, an exceptional newspaper in the most interesting part of the country,” Gyllenhaal said in a statement. “It’s the best place I can imagine to take on the dual role of the modern newspaper, covering the news the way nobody else can, and shaping our work for the digital era.”

Gyllenhaal’s wife, Beverly Mills, is a former Herald editor and now a syndicated food columnist.

Star Tribune publisher Keith Moyer’s sent a message to staffers at that paper today, first posted at the Romenesko site at www.poynter.org.

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Goodbye To Anders Gyllenhaal

After almost five years at the Star Tribune, our editor, Anders Gyllenhaal, has been called to a new challenge: to be the executive editor of the Miami Herald, another McClatchy newspaper and the paper where, earlier in his career, he earned a good many of his journalistic stripes.

As Anders said in a note to the newsroom: “I want you to know this has been a very difficult decision that has kept me awake many nights. In the end, my family and I decided to take a kind of homecoming, returning to the place where Beverly and I met, where our children were born and where I had my journalistic upbringing. We?re leaving sooner than I ever expected, but the leadership of the newsroom will be in extremely good hands.”

The editor in Miami is retiring, and Anders is the natural choice to lead yet another McClatchy newspaper to the kind of accomplishments the Star Tribune has achieved under his ambitious and thoughtful guidance.

In his time here, Anders has led the Star Tribune through many positive changes: the redesign of the newspaper and website; the creation of a variety of new sections; the integration of the print and online operations; the launch of three new weekly news sections; and the modernization of how the newsroom operates.

As we all know, these are some of the most challenging times ever for newspapers, and no one is more up to the challenge than Anders. He is positive, determined, passionate and committed to the highest ideals of journalism.

Personally, I will miss him deeply — not only for his immense talent and broad-minded intellect but also for his friendship, which has been enduring through the toughest debates and hardest decisions we have worked through together.

Anders told the newsroom: “It has been a true privilege to be a part of the Star Tribune, a great newspaper that has served this community so well at the same time as it’s worked to create a modern news organization. It’s been a difficult decision to leave, but the leadership of this newsroom will be in very good hands.”

And the newsroom in Miami also will be in very good hands.

Fortunately, we have a little more time with Anders. He will not leave officially until February, allowing us to work out a smooth transition.

I will start now looking for a new editor. But I will not be trying to replace Anders. He is one of a kind.

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