Chip Visci, formerly of the San Jose Mercury News, will take over for Maureen Saltzer as publisher of the Tribune. The Tribune publisher appointment was part of several executive changes made by its parent company, Knight Ridder, the nationâ€™s second-largest newspaper publisher.
According to Art Brisbane, Knight Ridder senior vice president, â€œThis is a win-win-win for all involved.â€?
Visci will also take on oversight responsibility for the Monterey Herald as well.
Visci, 51, started at the Detroit Free Press in 1978. He has a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and an M.A. from Ohio State University.
â€œChip Visci has a distinguished record in both editorial and business operations,â€? Brisbane said. â€œChip is energetic, competitive, and widely admired; he will be a great asset to these two important California newspapers.â€?
Tribune Managing Editor Tad Weber would not comment on Saltzerâ€™s departure.
Saltzer became the Tribuneâ€™s publisher on June 14 of this year. Saltzer followed Par Ridder, the Tribuneâ€™s publisher from 2001 to 2004. Harold Higgins worked as the Tribuneâ€™s publisher from 1998 to 2001. Higgins was preceded by Julia Aguilar, who presided over what was then called the Telegram-Tribune, from 1990 to 1998.