He replaces Todd Vogt, who announced to the company’s staff in May that he was heavily leaning toward selling his share of the company to his partners, Oahu Publications Inc.
“Vogt told the gathered throng that he's arrived at a fork in the road in his relationship with the Hawaiian outfit: Either he must sell his shares in the media conglomerate to them, or -- with the aid of as-yet non-existent partners -- he'll buy them out,” the SF Weekly reported May 6. “He informed the newsroom he's highly likely to cash out come May 30. Vogt reiterated to SF Weekly moments ago that's still the case.”
The story the Examiner posted about Zuehls’ appointment made no mention of Vogt.
Dennis Francis, president of Oahu Publications, the parent company for the San Francisco Media Co. and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, announced Zuehl’s appointment on July 2, a day after the three papers moved into new offices at 835 Market St.
The Examiner said Zuehl played an instrumental role in the 2010 merging of Hawaii's two primary papers, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser. In an era when newspapers were declining in production, the Star-Advertiser has since increased newsroom staff and circulation, the Examiner said. Zuehls said he will focus on strengthening advertising for the San Francisco Media Co.'s three papers.