Fort Worth Star-Telegram Executive Editor Lauren Gustus has been promoted to regional editor at McClatchy, responsible for McClatchy’s five California newsrooms plus The Idaho Statesman in Boise. She will begin her new role in February and based in Sacramento.
Tom Johanningmeier, current managing editor for sports and projects for the Star-Telegram, was named the interim executive editor, according to the Star-Telegram.
McClatchy also named Robyn Tomlin, currently managing editor at The Dallas Morning News, as a regional editor for McClatchy, based in Raleigh, North Carolina and responsible for the seven McClatchy newsrooms in the Carolinas.
“We couldn’t be more excited about the two passionate journalists who will lead our efforts to innovate faster, collaborate more effectively and serve our readers better,” said Tim Grieve, McClatchy’s vice president of news.
Gustus will be responsible for McClatchy’s founding news organization, The Sacramento Bee, as well as its other California newsrooms — The Fresno Bee, The Modesto Bee, The Merced Sun-Star and The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. She will also oversee The Idaho Statesman in Boise, according to a company news release.
Gustus joined McClatchy in 2017 as vice president/executive editor of the Star-Telegram. She was previously executive editor of the (Fort Collins) Coloradoan, and worked at the Los Angeles Daily News and the Salt Lake Tribune before joining the Reno Gazette-Journal, where she rose from sports editor to deputy editor.