David M. Shribman, executive editor and vice president of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, announced his retirement, effective December 31, after leading the newsroom since 2003.
A successor had not been named as of late December.
Shribman, 64, was to begin a stint as scholar in residence at Carnegie Mellon University in January. In the summer he will take a position at McGill University in Montreal.
In remarks to the newsroom when he announced his retirement December 19, Shribman said the Post-Gazette’s coverage of the murder in October of 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh represented a natural point to leave, according to a story in the newspaper by Joyce Gannon.
“Sixteen years is a long time,” the article quoted him as saying. “But also, given the tragedy that we covered with such devotion and diligence, it is a natural breaking point for a change in leadership. It was a great privilege to be part of your efforts to speak to Pittsburgh and to speak for Pittsburgh in that time.”
The article noted that Shribman had personally been responsible for a headline written in Hebrew on the front page of the Post-Gazette days after the massacre. The headline quoted the first words of the Kaddish, the traditional Jewish mourners’ prayer.
In his talk with the newsroom, Shribman cited several accomplishments, including the creation of the nonprofit investigative initiative PA Spotlight in collaboration with The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Caucus, an affiliate of the LNP Media Group in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Shribman was The Boston Globe’s Washington bureau chief, assistant managing editor and columnist.
He won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize at the Globe. He previously was national political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and a reporter at The New York Times, Washington Star and Buffalo Evening News.
Shribman will continue to moderate the Post-Gazette’s series of Town Halls events. (See a story on the Post-Gazette’s profitable events initiatives in the “Revenue Ideas That Work” feature here.