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Henley to return to Newsday as executive editor

Debbie Henley will return to Newsday on Jan.

Debbie Henley will return to Newsday on Jan. 11 as executive editor. (February 2009) Credit: Tony Jerome

Newsday named Debbie Henley executive editor Wednesday, effective Jan. 11.

Henley, 50, had spent 10 years working for the paper and left as managing editor in February to spend more time with her family in Virginia.

"I'm excited to join the new team at Newsday in a new role," Henley said. "It is a strong team, and that says it all for me. That's why I am coming back."

In an e-mail Wednesday to the newsroom, Newsday editor in chief Debby Krenek noted that Henley had been "instrumental in giving our coverage greater focus on issues important to Long Islanders."

Krenek cited Henley's role in directing major projects such as reporting on the Long Island Rail Road's gap-related accidents, a series that was a finalist for a 2008 Pulitzer Prize.

"I am pleased to welcome Debbie back to Newsday," Krenek said. "She's an award-winning editor and has a strong knowledge of Long Island that will be invaluable as we strive to bring insightful local news and information to our readers on all multimedia platforms."

Henley, who first came to Newsday in 1990, was an editor at the paper's New York edition. She rose to assistant managing editor for the city edition and was one of several editors to direct the newspaper's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Union Square subway crash in 1991.

After New York Newsday closed in July 1995, Henley moved on to the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., where she was managing editor, and later worked as an assistant metro editor at The New York Times.

She became executive editor of The News Journal in Delaware before returning to Newsday in 2004 as assistant managing editor for Long Island.

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