Centre Daily Times President and Publisher Debra Leithauser has been named president and publisher of the Idaho Statesman in Boise, the McClatchy Co. announced Tuesday.
McClatchy, based in Sacramento, Calif., is the parent company of both the Statesman and the CDT, which Leithauser has headed since January 2014. In Boise, the 44-year-old Leithauser will replace Mike Jung, who left the paper in August.
“I’m proud of the things the Centre Daily Times has accomplished since I arrived almost two years ago,” Leithauser said. “We’re stronger digital storytellers, we partner with our advertisers every day to find the right approach to drive their business goals and we’ve improved our customer service.”
Being involved in the community has been a priority for Leithauser, who served on the Pink Zone at Penn State board, on the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau board and the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association board.
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“In Boise, I’m eager to help the Statesman expand its role as the community’s leading source for news and advertising,” Leithauser said. “To do that successfully, we have to find new, creative approaches that work even better for our readers and advertisers. I’m excited to work with this talented staff and I can’t wait to see the innovative ideas we’ll implement in the coming months.”
Leithauser, who will begin work in Boise on Nov. 9, joined McClatchy in 2012 as the top editor at the former McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. Before that, she spent nearly 10 years as an editor at The Washington Post, overseeing a variety of print and digital content.
“As a working journalist most of her career, Debra holds dear McClatchy’s commitment to quality journalism and public service,” said Pat Talamantes, McClatchy’s president and CEO. “As a leader and publisher, she has also embraced our digital transformation, both on the news side and the business side. She’ll be a terrific asset to the Idaho Statesman and the Boise community.”
Leithauser, born into a military family, was raised primarily in Hawaii and Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida with honors, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Leithauser and her husband, Tom, have two sons, Luke, 12, and Zack, 7.
McClatchy operates media companies in 28 U.S. markets in 14 states. In addition to the CDT and the Statesman, other McClatchy properties include the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, The Charlotte Observer, The (Raleigh) News and Observer and the (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram.