Kansas City Star Business Editor Chris Lester is bailing out of the newspaper after 24 years for a new position as Senior Vice President for Business Growth with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. He will join the Chamber in mid-April.
According to the Star, (link) editor Mike Fannin said the paper will hire a new business editor as soon as possible. Lester's departure adds to some of the biggest losses of journalists in the history of the newspaper that have been under way this week.
Lester, 47, joined The Star in 1985 as a business reporter and has been business editor the past 10 years.