March 20, 2017 Last Updated 4:49 pm

Gannett names Joanne Lipman editor-in-chief at USA Today

Lipman joined Gannett in December of 2015 as chief content officer, a role she will continue to fill

The Gannett-owned national newspaper has a new editor-in-chief as of today – Joanne Lipman, who has been been serving as chief content officer for the company. Lipman joined Gannett at the end of 2015 after serving as Principal at Surrey Lane Media LLC.

Lipman will remain chief content officer at Gannett, as the newspaper chain continues to consolidate local newsrooms, and homogenizing editorial content nationally.

Lipman succeeds Patty Michalski who was serving as acting EIC after the departure of David Callaway who left to become CEO at TheStreet.

“Under Joanne’s leadership over the last year, we have made tremendous progress in bringing together the 110 properties of the USA Today Network, elevating the journalism, accelerating innovation, and doing work we can all be proud of,” said Maribel Wadsworth, senior vice president and chief transformation officer of Gannett.

“Having Joanne take on the additional role of editor-in-chief will further focus and drive forward these efforts at USA Today. Joanne is a leader who stays true to the USA Today purpose and brand, as a news organization with the highest journalistic standards possible. We are the one media organization in this country best positioned to reflect the lives and voices of the diverse country we serve.”

Prior to working at the content consulting company, Lipman had been the founding editor-in-chief at Conde Nast’s Portfolio. The title folded in 2009.

Lipman began her career as a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal after having interned at the financial newspaper while at Yale. Lipman became Deputy Managing Editor at the WSJ in 2000.

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