Michael Anastasi leaves the Salt Lake Tribune, where he’s been managing editor since 2004, to become executive editor of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, which has nine daily newspapers and associated digital products, websites and weekly papers. “This is a big move, to a big job and we are very happy for him — but we will miss him,” writes Salt Lake Tribune editor Nancy Conway.
Her memo is after the jump.
From: Nancy Conway
Date: July 9, 2012 3:22:14 PM MDT
Subject: IMPORTANT announcement
Michael Anastasi is taking the job of Executive Editor of The Los Angeles Newspaper Group. This is a big move, to a big job and we are very happy for him – but we will miss him.
Michael has made significant contributions to The Salt Lake Tribune. He has led our sports team to the top of our class – among the best in the nation. No small feat.
His can do spirit has helped us navigate the rough waters of change throughout the time he has been here. Arts and Entertainment, Photo and the Copy Desk have all been part of his portfolio as Managing Editor. He has served them well and been a strong advocate for his staff. He has been a leader in our quest for excellence across the newsroom.
We thank him for sharing his talents with us and wish him well in his new adventure in LA. We know he is up to the challenge.
I will paste in below the press release from LA.
In light of Michael’s move we are making some changes here as well. Our very talented Lisa Carricaburu will become ME for Business, Sports and Arts and Entertainment.
Joe Baird is Sports Editor in title and deed. We are confident he will help take sports to new heights.
Under ME Terry Orme –( and who better could we have than him?) — we will have a three person leadership team:
Dave Noyce becomes Content Director/Planning and Projects. He will help Terry with the daily news reports as well. It is safe to say he commands great respect in the newsroom and will be part and parcel of mapping out our future.
Kim McDaniel is Digital Director. We’ve already seen what she can do. Wow.
Kimberly Worner is another natural leader and another wow. She is Print Director.
Photo — structured as it is — comes under Terry’s supervision.
Tim, as Deputy Editor, takes responsibility for all things operational and continues responsibility for technical development. We are not only lucky to have him — we are lucky to have him in that role.
We will transition over the next three or four weeks. We have a great team in place to take us forward.
Say congratulations to all involved and sharpen your thinking to be part of the brainstorming and plan making we will undertake.
As always, thank you for the good work you do for The Salt Lake Tribune!
Los Angeles Newspaper Group
July 9, 2012, 2:00 PM, PDT
Anastasi Joins Los Angeles Newspaper Group
Michael A. Anastasi has been appointed Vice President and Executive Editor of the Los Angeles News Group with responsibilities over the News division of its nine daily newspapers and associated digital products, websites and weekly newspapers.
The appointment was announced Monday by LANG President Jack D. Klunder and is effective Aug. 13.
Anastasi, 46, has been a managing editor of The Salt Lake Tribune since 2004. The Tribune, like LANG, is a division of MediaNews Group, which is managed by Digital First Media. The Tribune was one of the first newsrooms to adopt an integrated digital/print structure and is among the nation’s leaders for overall audience growth.
“Michael’s experience, demonstrated vision and leadership will greatly enhance the efforts of our company as it continues growing from a print-centric news organization to a truly multi-media company,” Klunder said.
Before moving to Salt Lake City, Anastasi had worked entirely in California, including 11 years in Los Angeles as a sports editor for LANG and the Los Angeles Daily News. He also was a reporter and editor in Northern California.
LANG serves nearly 1.5 million readers a day. Its websites have more than 5 million monthly unique visitors, its newspapers a combined Sunday circulation of more than 450,000.
As a sports journalist, Anastasi received 28 Top 10 national section, website and writing awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, a national organization he led as its President until June. He has received a number of other awards from national, regional and local journalism organizations, including the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Los Angeles Press Club.
He studied International Relations at the University of California, Davis, and also holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach.
Michael and his wife Julie have two daughters.