Statement from Newsday Publisher Terry Jimenez on the resignation of John Mancini and appointment of his successor, Debby Krenek.
Dear fellow Newsday employees,
After five years as our editor and 20 years with our company, John Mancini has informed us of his decision to leave Newsday. John’s tenure here has been marked by many distinguished achievements, as he has skillfully guided our newsroom through one of the most challenging times in the history of the newspaper industry. He will be missed.
John has been responsible for leading a team that has delivered outstanding news products. With both our print and interactive media, his innovations in design and presentation, his courage and insight with regard to special coverage, and his overall leadership of our news team, day in and day out, have been exceptional. He has kept Newsday focused on what matters most to Long Islanders with coverage of issues such as the wasteful abuses of the state pension system and special taxing districts; the impact of Alzheimer’s on Long Island families and the Long Island Railroad gap, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
In addition to overseeing some of Newsday’s best journalism, John also helped us to adapt to a swiftly changing media landscape. The paper’s home delivery circulation growth and strong readership penetration are testaments not only to his abilities as an editor, but also as a thoughtful, skilled executive. John has agreed to stay on as a consultant to assist me with a number of special projects.
Effective today, Debby Krenek is assuming the position of editor in chief and executive vice president of Digital Media. Having served most recently as Newsday’s managing editor and senior vice president of Digital Media, Debby steps into this role with the skill, respect and experience earned from a long career in the news business.
Debby joined Newsday in 2001 as associate editor for special projects, following a successful career at New York Daily News, which included a 3-year run as editor in chief. During the past eight years, she has worked her way through Newsday’s ranks and was most recently responsible for leading the development and launch of newsday.com’s pioneering Web model.
I know each of you will join me in thanking John for his many contributions, and in applauding Debby on her exciting new role.
A letter from John to his staff and a press release announcing Debby’s appointment are attached.