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Debby Krenek named editor in chief of Newsday

This story was originally published Dec. 11, 2009

Managing Editor Debby Krenek succeeded John Mancini, who resigned Friday after leading the newsroom for the past five years.

Krenek, the former editor of the New York Daily News, joined Newsday in 2001 as associate editor for special projects. She was promoted to managing editor in 2004 and was also named senior vice president of Digital Media in 2009.

"Having worked closely with Debby for a number of years, I am confident in her abilities to lead Newsday into the future," Newsday Publisher Terry Jimenez said in a statement. "We want to thank John Mancini for guiding Newsday's coverage over the past five years. His tenure has been marked by many distinguished achievements, and he has skillfully guided our newsroom through one of the most challenging times in the history of the newspaper industry."

Indeed, Mancini oversaw Newsday's transformation to a paper - and Web site - that focused primarily on Long Island.

"John has been responsible for leading a team that has delivered outstanding news products," Jimenez said in an e-mail to employees. "With both our print and interactive media, his innovations in design and presentation, his courage and insight with regard to special coverage, and his overall leadership of our news team, day in and day out, have been exceptional."

Jimenez noted that some of the issues Newsday covered under Mancini included wasteful abuses of the state pension system and special taxing districts, the impact of Alzheimer's on Long Island families and the Long Island Rail Road gap, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Jimenez became publisher in September.

"I have decided to leave Newsday to pursue new opportunities," Mancini said in his own e-mail to employees. "One of the editorial staff's great strengths is resilience. The challenges are daily, your goals are ambitious and the product of your labor is vital to our readers. You have yet to fail them. . . . I leave Newsday with hope for the future but also much sadness."

"I am very grateful for this opportunity," Krenek said in a statement. "Newsday is one of the great institutions in journalism, and I look forward to building upon the value and quality of its content and its position in the marketplace so it continues to grow and flourish for years to come."

Krenek is "the ideal person to lead Newsday in the next phase of its development as we further our position as the first and most important choice for Long Islanders," said Tad Smith, president of Local Media for Cablevision, which owns Newsday.

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