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Eye On Boise

Statesman names new publisher

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Statesman has named Debra Leithauser as its new president and publisher. The newspaper reports that 44-year-old Leithauser has been president and publisher of McClatchy's Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania since last year. She replaces Mike Jung, who left the Statesman in August. Leithauser has worked as an editor at The Washington Post, acting as the Post's online GoingOutGuide editor and editing the print entertainment section Weekend. She previously served as editor of The Washington Post Magazine. She was raised primarily in Hawaii and Florida, and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She will begin work in Boise on Nov. 9.

The Statesman’s full report on its new publisher is online here; it includes this comment from Pat Talamantes, McClatchy’s president and CEO: “As a working journalist most of her career, Debra holds dear McClatchy’s commitment to quality journalism and public service. As a leader and publisher, she has also embraced our digital transformation, both on the news side and the business side. She’ll be a terrific asset to the Idaho Statesman and the Boise community.” Leithauser and her husband, Tom, have two sons, Luke, 12, and Zack, 7.

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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