The Examiner announces new executive editor

San Francisco Examiner Publisher John Wilcox announced Wednesday that Managing Editor James Pimentel has been appointed executive editor effective Aug. 1. Pimentel will replace Malcolm Kirk, who resigned earlier this month to accept the position of publisher with his former employer, The Calgary Herald.

Pimentel, who started his newspaper career at the Oakland Tribune in 1984, joined The Examiner in 2001 as sports editor and became managing editor in May 2003. Prior to The Examiner, he spent five years with Quokka Sports, where he was in charge of Golf.com and America’s Cup coverage. At The Examiner, Pimentel was a leader of the team that transformed the paper to tabloid format and launched zoned editions in San Mateo County. He was also on the corporate team that launched the Washington and Baltimore Examiners.

Wilcox also announced several other promotions that will also be effective Aug. 1. Assistant Managing Editor Zoran Basich will be promoted to managing editor. City Editor Deirdre Hussey will be promoted to senior assistant managing editor in charge of news content. Assistant City Editor Jeremy Owens will be promoted to assistant managing editor in charge of production and Business Editor Albert Pacciorini will be promoted to assistant managing editor in charge of business and staff development.

In announcing the promotions, Wilcox said, “Jim has been a leader in the successful development and implementation of the Examiner model, and we are fortunate to have his dedication and expertise to head our news operations. It’s gratifying to have four strong leaders within our organization who are eager to take our newspaper to the next level.”

Originally founded in 1865, The San Francisco Examiner was purchased by Denver-based Clarity Media Group in February 2004, offering free targeted home delivery in San Francisco and San Mateo counties. In January 2005, Clarity expanded its national portfolio of free daily newspapers with the launch of The Washington Examiner, a six-day compact newspaper delivered to households in the capital, Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland. In April 2006, Clarity launched The Baltimore Examinerwith an initial weekday circulation of 250,000. Over the last year the company has trademarked The Examiner name in 68 U.S. cities.

— Staff report

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