Mark Zieman Appointed ‘Kansas City Star’ Publisher

By: E&P Staff

Mark Zieman has been appointed president and publisher of The Kansas City Star. Zieman, 47, was previously the paper’s editor and vice president. Since Jan. 28, he held the title of interim publisher.

Zieman succeeds Mac Tully, who is now the president and publisher of the San Jose Mercury News and the group vice president of MediaNews Group’s Bay Area News Group.

“Mark understands both the challenges and opportunities facing newspapers today,” Gary Pruitt, chairman and CEO of the McClatchy (which owns the Kansas City Star) said in a statement. “He is deeply committed to quality journalism and a future that includes print, digital, and niche publications. He is a wonderful fit to lead the Kansas City Star.”

Zieman started with the Kansas City Star as an editorial intern in 1982 while attending college at the University of Kansas. Upon graduation he joined the Houston bureau of The Wall Street Journal. In 1986, he went back to the Kansas City Star as an investigative reporter.

Zieman served in many positions in the newsroom and was named editor in 1997.

While he was projects editor, the paper won a Pulitzer in 1992 for national reporting about a story that examined the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“The Star has one of the great histories of any paper in America, but I think its future is equally bright,” Zieman said in a statement. “We’re reaching more readers than ever before in our history. We’re offering our advertisers more ways to reach that audience. And we have some of the most talented employees in the industry. That’s a winning long-term strategy for any business.”

Zieman is married to Rhonda Chriss Lokeman, a columnist at the Kansas City Star. His successor has not yet been named.

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