Chicago Tribune editor Ann Marie Lipinski handed in her resignation today after 7 years in the top post at the Tribune Company's flagship paper. Lipinski's departure comes a week after the 161-year-old newspaper told its staff it would eliminate about 80 newsroom jobs amid a broad effort to cut costs as advertising and circulation revenues decline at its newspapers nationwide.
Lipinski, editor since 2001, told her staff today there is no one reason for her decision but that "this position is not the fit it once was." Tribune named associate editor Gerould W. Kern to replace her. The company has slashed staff and cut the weekly page counts at its newspaper properties, which include the Baltimore Sun and the Los Angeles Times.