Mary Byrne has been named its Managing Editor, Sports of USA Today. Byrne comes back to the paper — she had worked for USA Today from 2004 to 2006 — from been the Associated Press, where she served as its Deputy Sports Editor.
Byrne will become just the fourth Managing Editor, Sports in USA Today’s history. The appointment also means that USA Today is now the largest sports enterprise in the United States led by a female editor.
USA Today’s Sports Media Group Senior Vice President of Content, Dave Morgan, said Byrne is a perfect fit. ”She is highly respected as both a journalist and leader, and her hands-on approach and incredible work ethic make her the ideal fit for this leadership role,” explained Morgan. “Mary’s experience directing both national and regional coverage fits perfectly with our position as a leading sports destination with unmatched local reach, and I am pleased to bring her back to USA Today Sports.”