By: Steve Karnowski, Associated Press Writer
(AP) Updated at 4:35 p.m. EST
Star Tribune Managing Editor Pam Fine, passed over for the top job at Minnesota’s largest newspaper, announced her resignation Friday.
“I think it’s a good time to begin anew,” Fine said. “I’ve been here eight years and I have had a wonderful run and I’ve enjoyed most of it, and now I feel as if it’s time to move forward and see what else is out there for me.”
Fine, whose resignation is effective June 7, is one of two high-ranking editors leaving the Star Tribune next month. The top editor, Tim McGuire, is retiring June 13 after 22 years with the newspaper. He will be succeeded by Anders Gyllenhaal, senior vice president and executive editor at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.
“Pam’s been an outstanding partner in leading this paper,” McGuire said. “I think I made a great hire eight years ago and she’s never made me reconsider that.”
Fine, 45, confirmed she was a candidate for McGuire’s job.
“Certainly I was disappointed that I didn’t get the job … but I’m leaving because I want to do something new,” she said. “After eight years as managing editor I feel as if I’ve given it all I can give, and really enjoyed it and got a lot back, but it’s time to move on. And I certainly wish the new editor and everyone else well.”
Fine said she does not have another job on the horizon but plans to remain in Minneapolis for the near future.
“I’m going to explore opportunities and see what happens,” she said. “I don’t have anything specific in mind and I expect that … this profession will be on the top of my list.”
Fine came to the Star Tribune in 1995 from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she was assistant managing editor. The Florida native also held news positions at the Gwinnett Daily News, Rockdale Neighbor, and Daytona Beach News Journal.
In a message to employees, Star Tribune Publisher Keith Moyer said Fine had made “major contributions to the growth and quality of our news organization. … We will miss her.”
Moyer said plans for hiring a new managing editor would be announced after Gyllenhaal takes his new job early next month.
The Star Tribune is the largest paper in the Sacramento, Calif.-based McClatchy Co. group, with average weekday circulation of about 376,000.