Executive editor Rick Rodriguez resigned today from the Sacramento Bee, a position he held for 9 years. According to a story published in today’s paper, although Rodriguez declined to explain his reasons, his departure points to “a disagreement with his publisher over the paper’s long-term direction.”
Rodriguez’s leadership helped earn The Bee almost all top journalism prizes, including the Pulitzer. He is the first Latino news executive to be president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE), a position currently held by Gilbert Bailón, Editor and Publisher of Al Día in Dallas.
Rodriguez will take a few months off before returning to work as a consultant to McClatchy’s VP for news, Howard Weaver.