Saturday, June 26, 2010

Examiner Editor James Pimentel resigns

James Pimentel (pictured) has resigned as executive editor of the San Francisco Examiner after nearly four years in the job and nine years at the paper.

The SF Appeal, an online newspaper, reports that Pimentel left on Friday, June 18, and that Publisher James Wilcox informed the staff of his departure on Tuesday, June 22. The Appeal says Wilcox told the staff that "several factors" led to Pimentel's departure, but he didn't elaborate.

No successor has been named. Managing editor Deirdre Hussey is currently running the newsroom.

Pimentel began his newspaper career at the Oakland Tribune in 1984. He joined the Examiner in 2001 as sports editor before becoming managing editor in 2003. Pimentel led the paper's transition from broadsheet to tabloid in 2003 and its launch of zoned editions in San Mateo County in 2004.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

He's got to be happier now. What a sweatshop!

Anonymous said...

Everyone is happier now.

Anonymous said...

They actually have an editorial staff? That is the worst "newspaper" ever.

Anonymous said...

What's the mystery? According to the story in the Examiner, he got promoted to a corporate job supervising the SF and DC Examiner websites.

Anonymous said...

Unemployment came calling. Couldn't pass it up.

Anonymous said...

What is the Examiner's circulation now, about 5,000?

Dan D said...

To anon #4, who asks "what's the mystery?", um, you might want to check the date of that "story." His promotion to the post of supervising the EX's websites was announced on June 27, 2008. Here's the link -- http://www.examiner.com/printa-1461792~Examiner’s_chief_tabbed_to_lead_its_Web_sites.html

Anonymous said...

there's been a lot of turnover in the examiner newsroom, so it's kind of surprising to see that Pimentel lasted four years as editor. they've got a revolving door.

Anonymous said...

In the beginning under Ted Fang, the Ex was a great place to work, with great people. But somewhere along the way, the Fangs ruined it.
By the way, Mr. Pimentel did NOT lead the transition from broadsheet to daily; that was done under Ted Fang and company.
I know, I was there.

Anonymous said...

To Dan D. above: The Examiner printed a one-column story just last week (June 2010) on the biz page announcing Pimentel was resigning from the paper in order to work on the web sites exclusively. So again, what's the mystery?

Anonymous said...

How come his name has been scrubbed from the paper's "bios" page (http://www.sfexaminer.com/bios/?c=y&page=2&startAt=12).

Anonymous said...

Does anybody care who edits the Examiner? Who reads it?

Anonymous said...

I constantly see people reading it on Muni.

Anonymous said...

Transients use it to cover their bodies at night. They favor the Friday edition, which usually has more pages.

Anonymous said...

Transients? All the bums are here to stay.

Anonymous said...

One down... Deirdre D. Hussey is still there. Talk about that old saying that one gets promoted in direct proportion to their level of incompetence. Don't be surprised if she weasles her way to Pimentel's old position.