Mark Russell out as editor of Tribune-owned Orlando Sentinel

Mark Russell, who was promoted to Orlando Sentinel editor in October of 2010, is being replaced by content director Avido Khahaifa. Here is publisher Howard Greenberg‘s memo:

From: OSAdministration
Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2013 4:50 PM
To: OSC DL All Employees
Subject: Important Message from Howard Greenberg

Mark Russell

Mark Russell

I want to make you aware of some important changes to our newsroom operations. Orlando Sentinel Editor Mark Russell will be leaving the company this week. SVP/Director of Content Avido Khahaifa will add editor responsibilities to his role, and will now oversee the day-to-day Orlando newsroom management, in addition to leading regional editorial strategy.

With this change, Mark’s direct reports will report to Avido. In South Florida Sun Sentinel Editor Howard Saltz, who previously reported to Avido, will now report to me.

Mark’s last day is this Friday. On behalf of everyone at the Orlando Sentinel, I thank Mark for his dedicated service and leadership in the newsroom over the last nine years. He has been instrumental in moving us to a more digital focus while maintaining our tradition of strong journalism.

– Howard

* Russell is leaving as part of a restructuring, the paper says (