Chicago Tribune named Jane Hirt managing editor Thursday continuing a shake-up of its top news staff.
Hirt moves into a new position at the Tribune Co.'s flagship paper that combines two managing editor posts, one for news and the other for features.
James Warren is leaving the paper this week after serving as managing editor for features, a company spokesman said. Hanke Gratteau was managing editor before leaving the company this month.
Hirt has served the paper for 15 years, most recently as editor of RedEye, a free daily edition targeting younger audiences attractive to advertisers.
Newspaper revenue and circulation have shrunk as readers _ with advertisers in tow _ increasingly move online. Advertisers spend online a small fraction of what they used to pay newspapers for prime ad space.
"Jane has the experience and credentials to move our newsroom toward the future," editor Gerould Kern said in a statement.
The move to a single managing editor "will bridge the divides that exist between departments and forge one newsroom organized best to deliver on the news and information readers want most," Kern said in a memo to staff, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press.
Hirt's appointment comes a week after the biggest Chicago daily, with average circulation of 541,663, carried out its plan to trim 14 percent of newsroom staff as part of its effort to save $8.8 million in annual costs.
The departure of Warren, whom Kern said had a "distinguished" career as a reporter, editor and columnist at the paper, is the latest of several among top editorial staff. In July, editor Ann Marie Lipinski resigned after seven years in that job, saying, "This position is not the fit it once was."
She left two months after George de Lama, the paper's managing editor for news, announced he was leaving the Chicago Tribune after 30 years.
The spokesman would not say whether Warren's departure was related to the job cuts.
Last December, Tribune Co. bought out its public shareholders in an $8.2 billion deal orchestrated by real estate mogul Sam Zell. Now, he and the company are struggling to service the resulting debt with cuts at its newspaper properties, which also include the Los Angeles Times and The (Baltimore) Sun.