Editor Sarah Jenkins has announced her resignation from the Yakima Herald-Republic, effective Dec. 5.
Jenkins, 55, who has been editor in Yakima for 11 years, will become director of communications for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia, Kan., beginning Dec. 29.
Calling it “an extraordinarily difficult decision,” she said Monday she would miss Yakima, but “it’s time to try something new.”
In Kansas, she will write, edit and design a newsletter for the Roman Catholic order of 160 nuns, write for the diocesan newsletter and handle other communications duties.
“I’ve worked with no finer editor in 23 years in journalism,” said Yakima Herald-Republic Publisher Mike Shepard. “If it were left up to me, she’d remain the editor.”
During her 31-year career, Jenkins also worked at newspapers in Eugene, Ore., Walla Walla and Centralia, Wash., Newport, R.I., and Conway, N.H., and taught part time at several colleges, including Central Washington University.
Shepard said a national search will begin immediately for a new editor.
The Herald-Republic is owned by The Seattle Times Co.