Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bill Woo to Resign as Editor of Post

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bill Woo to Resign as Editor of Post

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William F. Woo told the newsroom staff of the Post-Dispatch on Friday that after 10 years and three months as the paper's editor, he would resign.

His departure takes effect July 15. But Woo told the staff, "As a practical matter, today will be my last day with any real engagement with the paper."

His column in Sunday's paper will be his last.

For the next year, Woo will become a visiting professor of journalism at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. He also plans to write and lecture.

Woo's departure became inevitable in February, when Post-Dispatch Publisher Nicholas G. Penniman IV told the staff that the paper's parent company, the Pulitzer Publishing Co., had decided on a course of change - including a change in the newsroom's leadership.

Pulitzer Publishing has yet to announce a successor. In the interim, Richard K. Weil, the managing editor, will be in charge of news, and Edward A. Higgins will be in charge of the editorial page.

The company's chairman, Michael E. Pulitzer, said in a statement distributed to the staff Friday that the corporate changes "may require certain differences in the operating style of our new editor."

In an interview earlier this week, Pulitzer said, "Bill Woo is probably the best journalist this paper has ever had - certainly the best in recent years."

In his statement Friday, Pulitzer said, "We'll continue to rely on those principles that were put forth by Joseph Pulitzer in the Post-Dispatch Platform," printed daily on the editorial page.

"They are principles Bill Woo lived by as an editor, and they are his legacy no less than Joseph Pulitzer's."

Some in the newsroom had speculated that Woo might stay on with the paper in a capacity other than editor. But he told the staff Friday, "That possibility has been foreclosed." He did not elaborate.

In his brief remarks, Woo told the staff, "No higher honor will ever come my way than to be responsible for giving life and expression to the Post-Dispatch Platform. Nothing will ever diminish my good fortune at having served in a job held by three Joseph Pulitzers" - the paper's founder, his son and his grandson. …

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