(AP) Angus McEachran, editor and president of The Commercial Appeal, will retire at the end of the year, the newspaper announced Friday.
McEachran’s retirement will end a 43-year career in journalism.
John Wilcox, general manager and executive vice president, will become the newspaper’s CEO in September.
No date has been set for naming a new editor.
McEachran, 62, announced his retirement plans to the newspaper’s employees Thursday.
“The good news is I’m retiring. The bad news is I’m going to be here until the end of the year,” McEachran said.
As the paper’s metropolitan editor, McEachran oversaw coverage of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968 and the arrest of James Earl Ray, King’s killer, the same year. In 1977, he directed the news staff’s coverage of Elvis Presley’s death.
In 1982, he moved to the Pittsburgh Press, another Scripps Howard newspaper, and was its editor when it won Pulitzer Prizes in 1986 and 1987 for investigative journalism.
McEachran returned to The Commercial Appeal as its editor in 1993. The following year the newspaper won a Pulitzer for editorial cartooning.
McEachran was promoted to editor and president in 1994.
Wilcox, 52, moved to The Commercial Appeal in 2000 from California, where he was president and publisher of the Ventura County Star.