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Star-Ledger Gets New Publisher

star.jpgNobody can say that New Jersey’s The Star-Ledger has made it out of this economic crisis unscathed. Far from it.

In the past 18 months it’s lost 200 staffers from buyouts, implemented pay cuts and decreased benefits and, as of September, lost its editor Jim Willse.

Now Star-Ledger‘s publisher, George Arwady, will be leaving the paper to go to work for The Republican in Springfield, Mass., which is also owned by the Star-Ledger‘s parent company, Advance Publications (which also owns Condé Nast). Meanwhile, The Star-Ledger‘s new publisher will be Rich Vezza, president of Penn-Jersey Advance Newspapers.

Arwardy said of his successor, “He’s a real Jersey guy…a straight-shooter with a great sense of humor who will fit in well here.”

Full memo from Arwardy after the jump.

Read More: Star-Ledger publisher’s memo to staff — Romenesko

Larry McDermott, publisher of The Republican, announces retirement –Masslive.com

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Star-Ledger Editor Set To Retire

star-ledger logo.jpgIt’s been a challenging year The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest circulation daily paper.

One year ago, the paper, owned by the Newhouse family’s Advance Publications, shed more than 200 staffers through buyouts in order to keep the publication afloat. Yesterday, Jim Willse, the editor who has led the Star-Ledger for the last 15 years, announced he will retire next month. Managing Editor Kevin Whitmer will be succeeding him, Willse said.

In addition the buyouts last year, the Star-Ledger also implemented pay cuts and decreased payments for health care benefits just a few months ago.

While the paper has been dealing with these set backs, its former employees have been cooking up some competition for the Star-Ledger. In April, a group of employees who had taken buyouts last year launched a local news Web site, NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

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