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Chicago Tribune managing editor to leave paper – Crain’s Chicago Business

Months after an exodus of journalists at the Chicago Tribune through buyouts under new hedge fund ownership, the leadership shakeup continues.

Managing editor Chrissy Taylor is leaving the paper, according to an email Executive Editor Mitch Pugh sent to newsroom employees this morning. Her last day is Oct. 8.

Taylor came to the Chicago Tribune in 2018 from the Hartford Courant, where she was vice president of digital publishing. In her three years at the Tribune, she has driven daily news coverage decisions, set the agenda for audience growth and helped redefine roles across the newsroom.

Pugh, himself less than a month into the job, raved about Taylor’s work in his note.

“I’ve only known Chrissy a few weeks. Yet, I can unequivocally say she is among the most fearless, driven and talented journalists I’ve had the pleasure to meet,” he said. “She has guided work that has reshaped the way we tell stories, recognizing we need to meet readers where they are with products and journalism that match their needs.”

Taylor has helped lead news coverage of stories such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, the presidential election and the pandemic, Pugh said. She’s been at the company for 17 years.

Pugh did not disclose what Taylor’s next move will be but noted she’ll remain close to the news industry.

“She will soon be able to share what she’s doing next. When she does, it will be clear why this was the right move for her,” he said in the note. “Better yet, we will be able to continue to learn from her as she stays close to the news.”

Taylor said in a statement: “I am incredibly grateful for the many opportunities I’ve had during my tenure to learn and grow from the amazing people in this company in Chicago, Hartford and the other Tribune Publishing markets.

“While this was a difficult decision for me to leave, I am very excited for what comes next.”

The Tribune has had a tumultuous few months. Dozens of newsroom employees left the paper earlier this summer, including big-name columnists, editors and reporters with decades of experience, after hedge fund Alden Global Capital took control of the company and offered buyouts.

The paper’s former top editor, Colin McMahon, stepped down in August, and Pugh replaced him at the end of the month. 

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