Star Tribune Media Co., operator of the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune newspaper, announced Thursday that Mike Klingensmith will retire as publisher and CEO, effective January 2023, following a 13-year tenure. A nationwide search is underway to recruit a new publisher, the newspaper said.
According to a news release, Klingensmith joined the Star Tribune in 2010, following a career with Time Inc., where he was general manager of Time Magazine, CFO and an executive vice president of Time Inc., founding publisher of Entertainment Weekly, and president of Sports Illustrated.
The Star Tribune is owned by Minnesota businessman Glen Taylor, chairman and founder of Taylor Corp.
“Mike has been the longest-serving publisher of Star Tribune since the legendary John Cowles— and it’s no exaggeration to say that Mike is one of the most consequential publishers in Star Tribune history as well,” Taylor said in the news release.
“We have a bright future ahead, and we owe that in large measure to Mike. His ability to see opportunities earlier, his optimism for the business of journalism, and his ability to lead talented teams have made the Star Tribune one of the rare successes in our turbulent industry. I join all the dedicated people at the Star Tribune in wishing Mike the very best in retirement.”