Editor Rowe leaving Oregonian; Bhatia to take over role

Posted: Tuesday, December 08, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. - Sandra Mims Rowe, who has been editor of The Oregonian since 1993, says she's leaving the newspaper at the end of the year.

Publisher N. Christian Anderson III named Executive Editor Peter Bhatia on Monday as Rowe's successor. Rowe hired Bhatia as managing editor in late 1993 and named him executive editor in 1997.

Under Rowe's leadership, The Oregonian has won five Pulitzer Prizes and numerous additional national awards.

Rowe says she and her husband, Gerard, will remain in Portland. While she is retiring as a newspaper editor, she says she'll continue to be involved in leadership areas that "could contribute to the economic and educational vibrancy" of Oregon. But she says first she plans to take most of 2010 off "to enjoy more time with my daughters and year-old granddaughter."

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