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Managing Editor and Vice Presiden...

Phone: (312) ***-****  
Email: j***@***.com
Chicago Tribune
435 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago , Illinois 60611
United States

Company Description: Chicago Tribune Media Group (CTMG) is a media and business services company that publishes the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune. CTMG also produces related...   more

Employment History


  • bachelor's degree , journalism
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Jane Hirt Stepping Down as ..., 13 Nov 2014 [cached]
Jane Hirt Stepping Down as Chicago Tribune Managing Editor Editor & Publisher ®
Jane Hirt, who helped lead the Chicago Tribune newsroom through the dark days of bankruptcy and into an unfolding digital future, is stepping down as managing editor to pursue personal interests, the Tribune announced Wednesday.
Hirt came to the Chicago Tribune as an intern 25 years ago. She leaves a void near the top of the newspaper's masthead, where her name has been emblazoned since 2008. Her last day is Nov. 21.
Tribune in no rush to replace ..., 12 Nov 2014 [cached]
Tribune in no rush to replace 'one of a kind' Jane Hirt posted on
Jane Hirt
Jane Hirt
Replacing the most powerful woman in Chicago journalism may not be easy. It definitely won't be quick.
No deadline has been set to name a successor to Jane Hirt, who announced her resignation Wednesday as managing editor of the Chicago Tribune, effective November 21.
A 25-year veteran of the company, Hirt, 47, began as an intern straight out of the University of Nebraska and moved up the ranks, including a six-year run as founding editor of RedEye. She's been managing editor/vice president of the Chicago Tribune since 2008.
"Being the Chicago Tribune's managing editor has been a privilege of a lifetime," Hirt wrote on Facebook. "But it's time for me to move on to my next adventure. I'm so grateful for the many opportunities I found at the Tribune; all things I never could have imagined when I started as a wee intern on the sports desk in 1990. Along the way I've worked with the smartest, most dedicated and caring journalists around. I love this place and all of the people in it."
Hirt told colleagues she has no immediate plans other than to take a break.
In May, Hirt topped my list of the most powerful women in Chicago journalism. (My blog is published independently under a licensing agreement with Chicago Tribune Media Group.)
Our friend and colleague Jane Hirt will leave the Chicago Tribune on Nov. 21, concluding a magnificent 25-year career here.
Since August 2008, she has been my managing editor and, I believe, one of the best in the history of this newspaper.
Jane is taking a break before beginning the next chapter of her life, but I will let her tell you about that over the next few days.
For 167 years, legions of journalists have passed through our doors and left their marks on the Chicago Tribune, our city and our readers.
Each inherited a proud legacy and-if good enough and lucky enough-added something unique and passed it on.
Jane Hirt's contributions to our legacy are unmistakable.
She joined the Tribune fresh out of the University of Nebraska in January 1990 as an intern on the sports copy desk. Then she spent 12 years as a mainstay of the national and foreign desk, where she edited the reports of our correspondents covering everything from the fall of the Soviet Union to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
In 2002, she helped conceive and launch RedEye, the Tribune's pioneering free newspaper for young urban professionals. For six years, her original and irreverent editing style turned RedEye into an industry phenomenon.
When I became editor in 2008, I asked Jane to take on the job of managing editor and bring some of RedEye's innovative spirit over to the blue paper. I am grateful she did.
She was a pillar of the leadership team that still is largely intact nearly seven years later.
Jane stood strong during our darkest days. Her rare combination of creativity, optimism, good humor and impeccable news judgment lifted us up. She was a mentor to many in the newsroom and shaped their careers. With a sharp eye for talent, Jane helped populate the newsroom with a new generation of journalists who will carry forward our mission.
For all of this, Jane played a decisive role in our turnaround and earned the respect of everyone at the Chicago Tribune.
We love Jane and will miss her. She is one of a kind.
But like the multitudes of journalists who came before us, we will carry on, inspired by the convictions embodied in our mission. The arc of our story is ascending, and now opportunities will appear for new leaders to rise to greatness just as Jane did.
We wish Jane all the best.
Chicago Tribune managing ..., 20 Oct 2014 [cached]
Chicago Tribune managing editor and vice president Jane Hirt served as Red Eye editor from 2002 to 2008. When the Tribune saw the changes in readership in 2002, it decided to launch a product targeted specifically at millennials (or "Gen-Y" as it was called back then, Hirt said). In 2002 and even in 2006 when Red Eye appeared on our list, Hirt said Red Eye was probably considered "disruptive" for publishers.
Although Hirt had already left Red Eye by the time Twitter's popularity rose, she watched Red Eye react and shift its target to reach that audience.
"( Red Eye) realized it wasn't the only news source, but it still had a place," she said.
Hirt said there will always be a supply of new readers as young people move into the city.
"When we launched, critics said young readers don't read, but Red Eye has proven that they will," she said.
Jane Hirt: People who have the courage to create disruptive innovations, who can take a risk and push the whole industry forward.
Jane Hirt, The Chicago ..., 4 June 2011 [cached]
Jane Hirt, The Chicago Tribune
Judged by Jane Hirt, ..., 13 Oct 2013 [cached]
Judged by Jane Hirt, managing editor, Chicago Tribune. 32 entries.
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