Tribune in no rush to replace 'one of a kind' 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."
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.
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.
contributions to our legacy are unmistakable.
joined the Tribune fresh out of the University of Nebraska
in January 1990 as an intern on the sports copy desk.
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
was a pillar of the leadership team that still is largely intact nearly seven years later.
stood strong during our darkest days.
rare combination of creativity, optimism, good humor and impeccable news judgment lifted us up.
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
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
We wish Jane
all the best.