Nancy Barnes Named Top Editor at Minneapolis ‘Star Tribune’

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Nancy Barnes, the Star Tribune’s deputy managing editor for content, has been named the newspaper’s editor and senior vice president for news, the Star Tribune announced Wednesday.

Barnes will replace Anders Gyllenhall, who announced in December that he was leaving to become executive director of the Miami Herald.

Barnes, 45, takes over about a month and a half after The McClatchy Co. announced that it would sell the Star Tribune to the private equity firm Avista Capital Partners for $530 million. At the time, McClatchy said was selling its largest newspaper in part because it can take a tax loss, and because the newspaper’s growth had tapered off.

Barnes joined the Star Tribune in 2003 as assistant managing editor for business. In 2005 she became deputy managing editor, focusing on expansion and improvement of business coverage, enterprise reporting and the Sunday paper.

“Nancy is a gifted editor, a talented leader and a forward-looking innovator who is committed to journalistic excellence,” said J. Keith Moyer, publisher and president.

Barnes said it will be a privilege to help shape the newspaper’s coverage.

Prior to joining the Star Tribune, Barnes held various jobs at other newspapers in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina, including reporter, copy editor, bureau chief and deputy metro editor. Most recently, she worked for the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer, where she was responsible for the Sunday edition and enterprise reporting.

Barnes was born in Cambridge, Mass., and grew up in Virginia. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

She is married to Sam Barnes, editor of the Star Tribune’s weekly West edition. They live in Eden Prairie and have three daughters.

The Star Tribune is the largest newspaper in Minnesota, with a daily circulation of 361,172 and Sunday circulation of 596,333.

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