Tacoma ‘News Tribune’ Editor David Zeeck Named Publisher

By: Joe Strupp

David A. Zeeck, executive editor and senior vice president of The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., has been named its president and publisher.

McClatchy named Zeeck to the new post Wednesday. He replaces Cheryl Dell, who became president and publisher of The Sacramento Bee in April.

?Dave has demonstrated strong leadership during these challenging times in our industry,? Gary Pruitt, McClatchy?s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement. ?He has fully embraced the multimedia future and is just as committed to continuing The News Tribune?s legacy of public service journalism.?

Zeeck, 57, joined The News Tribune in 1994 from The Kansas City Star, where he began his career and spent 20 years as a reporter, city editor, managing editor and executive editor, McClatchy said in a release.

“At The Kansas City Star, Zeeck was an editor on two projects that won Pulitzer Prizes. He was city editor when The Kansas City Star shared the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for coverage of a Hyatt Regency Hotel skywalk collapse that killed 114 people,” the release stated. “He was executive editor and part of the editing team on the paper?s examination of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.”

Zeeck is also a former president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and has served on the boards of the Associated Press Managing Editors and New Directions for News.

?Dave?s broad understanding of industry challenges makes him a great choice to lead The News Tribune during this time of transition,? Bob Weil, McClatchy vice president, operations, said in a statement. ?He also cares deeply about the community, the paper and its employees, which makes him a great fit going forward.?

Added Zeeck: ?This paper and this community have a real affection for each other. That?s why we hold our public institutions and public agencies to such a high standard of behavior.?

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