By: Staff Reports
Downing, Parks Out, Newspaper Reports
The Los Angeles Times reports today that a new publisher and editor will soon be named,
ending the brief reign of controversial Publisher Kathryn M. Downing, who was the prot?g?
of equally controversial Times Mirror CEO Mark Willes.
The paper quotes ‘highly placed Times sources’ who say John Puerner, publisher of The
Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, will become publisher of the Times after the Tribune Co. of
Chicago officially takes over the publication. The (Baltimore) Sun Editor John Carroll
will reportedly be named Times editor, replacing current Editor Michael Parks.
Tribune and Times Mirror executives would not comment on the reports. The boards of both
companies agreed March 12 to a $6.38-billion merger. The official merger will likely be
completed next week, the Times reports.
Puerner joined the Tribune Co. in 1979 and has been publisher in Orlando since 1993. He was
vice president of marketing and development at the Chicago Tribune before heading South to
Orlando. He negotiated the initial joint venture between the Tribune Co. and America Online.
Carroll has been editor of the Sun, a Times Mirror property, since 1991. The Times reports
that he had been a leading candidate for the curator position at the Nieman Foundation for
Journalism at Harvard University.
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