Newsday has a new editor in chief, effective Friday.
Debby Krenek was named editor in chief of the daily newspaper, succeeding John Mancini, who resigned after five years. Krenek will also be executive vice president of Digital Media, assuming oversight of the newsroom and newsday.com.
Krenek joined Long Island’s lone daily newspaper in 2001 as associate editor for special projects following a career at New York Daily News, where she was editor-in-chief for three years. She was promoted to managing editor in 2004 and in 2009, added on the title of senior vice president of Digital Media.
She was responsible for leading the development and launch of the new newsday.com, which now charges $5 per week for users who aren’t Newsday or Cablevision subscribers.
Krenek will report to Newsday Publisher Terry Jimenez, who is new on the job as well.
“Having worked closely with Debby for a number of years, I am confident in her abilities to lead Newsday into the future,” Jimenez said in a statement.
“Newsday is one of the great institutions in journalism, and I look forward to building upon the value and quality of its content and its position in the marketplace so it continues to grow and flourish for years to come,” Krenek said in a statement.
In a memo to the staff, Mancini wrote that it was an “honor and privilege” to lead the paper, but that he “decided to leave Newsday to pursue new opportunities.” Mancini will continue to be a consultant to Jimenez to assist with a number of special projects, the publisher said.
Newsday is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation, which also owns amNewYork, a free New York City daily.