In what he calls a "terribly sad day," the editorial page editor of the Denver Post tendered his resignation Thursday, the culmination to a tumultuous month at the paper. Chuck Plunkett's departure was announced in an email from Lee Ann Colacioppo, the paper's editor, per the Post. Plunkett, who's been with the newspaper for 15 years, didn't get into the details in an interview. "Being the editorial page editor of the Denver Post was a years' long goal of mine, and I thoroughly loved the position," he says, adding he didn't want to go and that he'd hoped to "mature in the role and create an editorial page that Denver and Colorado could be proud of." His stepping down took place after a scathing Post editorial in April that ripped into the paper's "vulture capitalist" parent company, Alden Global Capital, which owns Post owner Digital First Media.
That editorial slammed management for not being willing to "do good journalism" and encouraged it to sell the paper to a company that would. Plunkett offered more details to the New York Times, revealing he resigned after another editorial he'd slated for this Sunday was nixed by a Post executive. The new editorial addressed Alden's slashing of newsroom jobs despite profitability, its attempts at censoring the Post newsroom, and the recent firing of another DFM editorial page editor, Dave Krieger of the Boulder Daily Camera, for a similarly biting editorial. "What they were asking was [for me] to be quiet," he says. "For me to just sit quietly by would be hypocritical." He added to the Post, "I hope all the journalists who have worked for the … Post and continue to toil in this difficult environment can continue to do good work." (More Denver Post stories.)