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Statesman publisher to leave for post at Idaho Power

The Idaho Statesman announced today that its president and publisher, Debra Leithauser, will step down Dec. 1 to take a job overseeing the communications department at Idaho Power. Leithauser, the Statesman reported, said, “I had a great opportunity to go to another company, and it lets me stay in Idaho long-term, which is what my family and I want. We came to Boise and just fell in love with the area. Staying here became a top priority for us.”

McClatchy, the Sacramento, Calif. Company that owns the Statesman, said it has launched a search for her successor. Leithauser has been the Statesman’s publisher since October of 2015. She was also recently named the “regional publisher” of the Tri-City Herald. Leithauser is the Statesman’s third publisher since McClatchy acquired the Statesman in 2006. The Statesman’s full report is online here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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