Tennessean Gets a New Editor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessean announced Thursday that Maria DeVarenne has been named executive editor and vice president/news.
DeVarenne comes to The Tennessean, owned by Gannett Co. Inc., from The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. She was vice president/news at that A.H. Belo newspaper, which posted growth in its digital and print audiences during her 10 years there.
“I’m excited and honored to be joining The Tennessean, given its legacy for great journalism,” DeVarenne told the newspaper (http://tnne.ws/vOhEXy ).
“There is a strong, award-winning foundation to build on in the Nashville newsroom as we expand further with digital media to provide news and content any time on any device for the region and foster a greater connectivity throughout the community with social media.”
The Tennessean’s coverage of the 2010 Nashville flood was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news this year.
DeVarenne is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and a 2009 Fellow of the USC/Knight Digital Media Center.
She succeeds former editor Mark Silverman, who moved to the Gannett corporate staff in September.
Before joining The Press-Enterprise, DeVarenne worked for Gannett newspapers, including the San Bernardino Sun.
DeVarenne starts her new job Dec. 26.

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