By: Joe Strupp
Executive Editor Joel Rawson of The Providence (RI) Journal is planning to leave the paper at the end of April, according to the Providence Phoenix.
The alternative weekly reported Rawson’s pending departure, slated for April 29, in a Web story late Wednesday. The report included no comment form Rawson, but cited newsroom sources who said he had revealed his plans to staffers earlier this week.
“While Rawson would have been required to retire when he turns 65 next March, one reporter, who requested anonymity, says staffers were nonetheless surprised by the news of his impending departure, since ‘he has been so much a part of the paper for so many years,’? the Phoenix reported.
Rawson could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday morning. He first started at the Journal in 1971 and became executive editor and vice president in 1997.