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Tom Warhover
Tom Warhover

Tom Warhover is stepping down as executive editor of the Columbia Missourian, the professional newspaper that serves as a training laboratory for Missouri School of Journalism students.

Warhover, an associate professor at the University of Missouri, will return to full-time teaching responsibilities and work on research projects for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute based at the school. Before joining the university in 2001, he worked for The Virginian-Pilot.

"Tom has strongly supported the highest principles of journalistic integrity, and we appreciate everything that he has achieved," said David Kurpius, dean of the School. "We're fortunate that he will continue as an associate professor, sharing his expertise with students in the classroom." 

Professor Mike Jenner will serve as interim executive editor until a permanent replacement is named and also will assume responsibilities as interim chair of the Print and Digital News faculty. He is the Houston Harte Endowed Chair at the Missouri School of Journalism and focuses on innovation?s role in journalism. In 2010, Jenner joined the faculty from The Bakersfield Californian, the family-owned community daily newspaper where he was a leader for almost 17 years, 11 of them as top editor.

Jenner, who graduated from the school in 1975, will not be a candidate for the editorship. The search for a new Missourian executive editor will begin this spring.