STAR reports publisher Mac Tully headed to Denver

Star publisher to leave; editor named interim publisher

Mac Tully and Mark Zieman
Mac Tully and Mark Zieman

Mac Tully, publisher of The Kansas City Star since 2004, is leaving the company.

Tully said today he was taking a job with Denver-based MediaNews Group, which owns and runs 57 daily newspapers in 12 states.

Mark Zieman, editor of The Star since 1997, was named interim publisher.

Bob Weil, vice president of operations for The Star’s owner, McClatchy Co., said the newspaper chain had started a search for a new publisher. Zieman is among those being considered, Weil said.

Tully, whose newspaper career began in The Star’s advertising department in 1978, became publisher of the newspaper Jan. 1, 2005. Before that he was a top executive with Knight Ridder Inc., then the owner of The Star.

Before that, he served for three and a half years as president and publisher of the Bradenton Herald in Florida. He was publisher of the Arlington Star-Telegram in Texas, an edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, before moving to Florida.

Tully announced his impending departure at a gathering of Star employees shortly after 11 this morning. He praised McClatchy as one of the best newspaper companies in the country. Tully said he was leaving because MediaNews had offered him an opportunity “too difficult to say no to.”

“One of the things that makes me feel a little better about leaving is that the current management structure is very strong,” Tully told employees.

Before being named editor of The Star, Zieman was managing editor for news at the newspaper for five years. He worked in the Houston bureau of The Wall Street Journal from 1984 to 1986, writing about aviation and real estate, and joined The Star in 1986.

In 1989 he became editor of the projects desk. During his tenure, that department produced an award-winning series about businessman Frank Morgan and an examination of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which won a Pulitzer Prize in the spring of 1992.

Weil called Tully a “terrific steward” of the newspaper and said he was “profoundly disappointed he’s leaving.”

“Mac’s decision to leave was recent and I found out about it recently, so we don’t have a plan to name a successor,” he said. “We’ll begin our search immediately.”

Weil said McClatchy had a lot of confidence in Zieman, who he said would be a candidate for the publisher job.

 

| The Star

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