WICHITA — Wichita Eagle president and publisher Pam Siddall is leaving the paper, a McClatchy official said this morning.
Siddall has been named publisher of the Birmingham (Ala.) News. She is a native of Alabama. Her last day at The Eagle will be Friday.
"I know that that comes as a huge disappointment to you as it does to us at McClatchy, but it's really for family reasons," Bob Weil, McClatchy vice president of operations, told employees at a meeting in The Eagle's newsroom. "That's largely what's motivating her to move."
McClatchy is the Eagle's parent company. The Birmingham paper is owned by Advance Publications.
A search for a new Eagle publisher will begin immediately, Weil said. Editor Sherry Chisenhall will lead the Eagle in the interim.
Weil did not know how long it would be before McClatchy names a new publisher.
"I hope we can quickly but we didn't expect Pam to be leaving," Weil said.
Siddall was named publisher of the Eagle in November 2007. She was the paper's first female publisher.
Siddall was out of town and not immediately available for comment.
"She wanted me to convey to you how difficult a decision this was for her," Weil said.
Siddall starts her new job Jan. 11.
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