February 5, 2016 Last Updated 4:19 pm

LV Review Journal names J. Keith Moyer, former publisher of the Star Tribune, paper’s new editor

The Sheldon Adelson-owned newspaper also made its endorsement for the Nevada Republican caucus, Marco Rubio, surprising some media observers

The Las Vegas Review Journal now has a permanent editor-in-chief: industry veteran J. Keith Moyer. Moyer, 65, has been Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication since 2010. Prior to that he was Publisher and President of the Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul) from 2001 to 2007.

According to his LinkedIn account, Moyer’s last editor’s position was at McClatchy daily The Fresno Bee, where he held that position from 2007 before moving to Minnesota in 2001.

Moyer replaces Mike Hengel, who had been the editor of the paper since 2010. Hengel accepted a buyout shortly after the new owner of the Review Journal was public confirmed.

The Review Journal is, of course, the newspaper most in the news these days. The paper had been acquired by New Media Investment Group a year ago in January, then was sold again to a mystery buyer within the year for a huge markup over the price New Media paid. That mystery buyer turned out to be casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson. For a full rundown and the shenanigans that have gone in this sale, I refer you to this epic blog post from Jay Rosen.

With knowledge of who the new owner is, it has come as surprise to some that the paper today endorsed Marco Rubio as their choice in the Nevada Republican caucus. The thinking being that an even more conservative choice might have been preferred by the paper’s current owner.

“The RJ met with Sen. Rubio on Oct. 9, two months before the announcement of the newspaper’s sale to the family of Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson,” the editorial said. “The Adelsons have detached themselves from our endorsement process, and our endorsement of Sen. Rubio does not represent the support of the family.”

That might be a surprise to some, but the Republican caucus is coming up this month on the 23rd so I don’t doubt that this decision was pretty well finalized a while ago. Maybe I am being naive. (By the way, the Democratic caucus is on the 20th, one of a handful of states that conduct their primaries or caucus on different days for each party.)

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