- (In this Feb. 2 photo, Riggs is standing at left and Kiel, with the blue tie, is standing in the middle. The photo was taken at the Santa Cruz Sentinel when the partnership announced it was buying that daily paper. Below is a photo of Kiel posted by the Merc.)
Riggs, who had been publisher of the Contra Costa Times since 1993, was named publisher of the Merc in December 2004. A year ago, he was appointed president of the newspaper partnership but continued as head of the Merc. Today's announcement said Riggs, 61, will step down from the Merc post to concentrate on his duties as partnership president.
The partnership includes the Merc, Coco Times, Oakland Tribune, San Mateo County Times, Palo Alto Daily News and other dailies in northern and southern California. MediaNews, headed by Dean Singleton, owns 54.2 percent of the partnership. Gannett Co. owns 19.5 percent and Stephens Newspapers of Little Rock, Ark. owns 26.3 percent.