Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun Sentinel Publisher Nancy Meyer is leaving the company effective Thursday.
“For the past two and a half years under Nancy’s leadership we have better positioned our newsroom and sales teams for the future,” Tribune Publishing CEO Terry Jimenez said in an email to staff announcing the changes late Thursday.
Paul Pham will serve as the interim general manager for both Florida newspapers.
“Paul has been in the publishing industry for 19 years and has spent most of it with the Tribune Publishing company, holding a variety of leadership positions in finance, sales, strategy and operations,” Jimenez said. “In his most recent role with Tribune, Paul oversaw financial planning and analysis, data planning, sales enablement, and our syndication and programmatic operations.”
Pham said he was “humbled and excited” to join the Orlando Sentinel and the Sun Sentinel.
“Both media groups have produced meaningful journalism and best-in-class advertising solutions for their communities,” Pham said in a written statement. “I am looking forward to continuing that tradition by working closely with the experienced Florida leadership team, our talented employees and community leaders.”
Jimenez said Meyer is leaving to pursue opportunities outside Tribune but did not provide details in his email.
“The decision to leave the Orlando Sentinel was a difficult one," Meyer said in a statement. “And it should be considering the great team of individuals that I am leaving. The team here, no matter their role, are dedicated, smart and committed to the mission of providing great journalism to Central Floridians. “The Orlando Sentinel is better positioned to serve our readers and advertising partners and I trust that Paul Pham and the local leadership will ensure this stays as the highest priority.”
Pham will take over the Orlando Sentinel after the newspaper was honored this year for its coverage looking deeper at Florida tax laws, elder abuse in the guardianship system and the economic struggles facing low-wage tourism workers.
But the newspaper is also facing challenges like many businesses during the pandemic. The newspaper, which was sued for not paying its rent during the coronavirus pandemic, is closing its downtown Orlando headquarters, leaving journalists to work from home.
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