Mark Zieman Named Publisher of The Kansas City Star
The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI) today named Mark Zieman president and publisher of The Kansas City Star.
Zieman previously served as the newspaper's editor and vice president where he directed the 290-person news staff and helped develop the paper's digital strategy.
Since Jan. 28, he
has held the additional title of interim publisher, replacing Mac Tully who left the paper to join MediaNews Group
"Mark understands both the challenges and opportunities facing newspapers today," said Gary Pruitt, McClatchy's chairman and chief executive officer.
Zieman, 47, has spent most of his career in The Kansas City Star newsroom, beginning with an editorial internship in 1982 while attending college at the University of Kansas.
After graduating with a degree in journalism, Zieman joined the Houston bureau of The Wall Street Journal.
returned to The Kansas City Star
as an investigative reporter in 1986 and rose through the newsroom management.
He became projects editor in 1989, managing editor in 1992 and was named editor in 1997.
As projects editor, Zieman directed the paper's examination of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
In recent years, Zieman
has steered the newsroom online aggressively, embracing video, blogs and multimedia storytelling.
In 2007, in its first full year under McClatchy
ownership, The Kansas City Star's
website, KansasCity.com, grew average monthly unique visitors by nearly 800,000, and annual unique visitors by nearly 7 million -- the best performance in McClatchy.
"Mark is a terrific leader who has dedicated most of his life to serving the Kansas City region," said Bob Weil, McClatchy vice president, operations, who oversees the company's newspapers in the Midwest.
Zieman was born in El Dorado, Kan., a small prairie town in the southeast part of the state.
grew up in Kansas City reading The Kansas City Star
and the novels written by one of the paper's most famous employees -- Ernest Hemingway.
"The Star has one of the great histories of any paper in America, but I think its future is equally bright," said Zieman
"We're reaching more readers than ever before in our history.
We're offering our advertisers more ways to reach that audience.
And we have some of the most talented employees in the industry.
That's a winning long-term strategy for any business."
Zieman has held several leadership roles in the community and the newspaper industry.
He is a trustee of the William Allen White Foundation at the University of Kansas; a member of the Helzberg School of Management Advisory Board at Rockhurst University in Kansas City; and served on the board of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland.
He has twice served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes.
He is a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and was a board member of the Associated Press Managing Editors association.
In addition to his journalism degree from the University of Kansas, Zieman holds an Executive MBA from Rockhurst University.