Lincoln ‘Journal Star’ Hires Editor

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The Lincoln Journal Star has hired a veteran journalist from the Kansas City Star to become its new editor.

Journal Star Publisher John Maher said Wednesday that he hired Michael Nelson, who takes over April 21.

Nelson, 59 succeeds Kathleen Rutledge, who resigned from Journal Star in November.

Nelson is listed on the Star’s Web site as an assistant managing editor for zoning and suburbs. He has spent nearly 35 years with the paper, which is based in Kansas City, Mo., and serves readers in Kansas and Missouri.

Nelson is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and went to high school in Omaha.

The Journal Star has a daily circulation of nearly 77,000 and is owned by Lee Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa.

Lee owns 50 daily newspapers, including the St. Louis Post Dispatch, has a joint interest in five others, and operates more than 300 weekly newspapers and specialty publications in 23 states.

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