Debra Leithauser heading west as president and publisher of the Idaho Statesman
Leithauser has been the president and publisher of McClatchy’s Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – October 20, 2015 – The McClatchy Company today named Debra Leithauser as president and publisher of the Idaho Statesman in Boise.
Since early last year, Leithauser has been the president and publisher of McClatchy’s Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa. At the Idaho Statesman, she replaces Mike Jung, who left the paper in August. She begins work in Boise Nov. 9.
Leithauser, 44, joined McClatchy in 2012 as the top editor at the former McClatchy-Tribune Information Services (MCT). Prior to joining McClatchy, she spent nearly a decade as an editor at The Washington Post, overseeing a variety of print and digital content. She was editor of the Post’s online GoingOutGuide and the print entertainment section Weekend. She previously served as editor of The Washington Post Magazine, published on Sundays.
“As a working journalist most of her career, Debra holds dear McClatchy’s commitment to quality journalism and public service,” said Pat Talamantes, McClatchy’s president and CEO. “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.”
Said Leithauser: “I’m proud of the things the Centre Daily Times has accomplished since I arrived almost two years ago. We’re stronger digital storytellers, we partner with our advertisers every day to find the right approach to drive their business goals, and we’ve improved our customer service.
“In Boise, I’m eager to help the Statesman expand its role as the community’s leading source for news and advertising,” Leithauser said. “To do that successfully, we have to find new, creative approaches that work even better for our readers and advertisers. I’m excited to work with this talented staff and I can’t wait to see the innovative ideas we’ll implement in the coming months.”
Being involved in the community has been a priority for Leithauser, who served on the Pink Zone board at Penn State, on the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau board and the Pennsylvania News Association board.
Leithauser, born into a military family, was raised primarily in Hawaii and Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida with honors, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Leithauser and her husband, Tom, have two sons, Luke 12, and Zack, 7.