The Olympian publisher and president John Winn Miller announced his resignation Wednesday after nearly three and one-half years at the helm of the newspaper.Smart to get out before having to worry whether your buyout check is any good.
Speaking to newspaper employees this morning, Miller, 56, said his decision was his and his alone.
"It has nothing to do with the economy, McClatchy or how the paper is doing," he said. "It's all about me."
After 31 years in journalism, including a stint as a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and editor of Knight Ridder newspapers in Tallahassee and State College, Pa., Miller said it's time to pursue other interests.
"I got into this business to write the great American novel," he said. "I've had a wide and varied career and now have experiences to write about."
Miller came to The Olympian in August 2005 after Knight Ridder purchased the paper from Gannett Co. He stayed on as publisher and president of the paper when the McClatchy Co. purchased Knight Ridder in 2006. He said his last day at The Olympian will be Jan. 30.
UPDATE: In comments, props for Miller from a McClatchy employee.
UPDATE #2: Also in comments, some readers not happy with The Olympian.
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