McClatchy operations vice-president to retire after almost 5 decades in newspapers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The McClatchy Company operations vice-president Robert Weil will retire in June after a newspaper career that spanned almost five decades, the company announced Thursday.

Weil, whose last day will be June 30, has been a senior executive at McClatchy for 18 years.

He is one of two vice-presidents for operations and oversees 13 markets and affiliated digital and print operations in six states.

McClatchy president and CEO Pat Talamantes said the company will develop a new organizational structure following Weil’s retirement and no successor will be named.

“He’s been a mentor to many in our company and a wonderful ambassador for McClatchy in our industry,” Talamantes said.

Weil, who joined McClatchy in 1994 as publisher of The Fresno Bee, rose to senior management as the company grew.

Two months after he became a senior executive, McClatchy announced its acquisition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Cowles Media for $1.4 billion.

Weil, a native of the Midwest and a journalism graduate of Indiana University, was handed oversight of McClatchy’s newest and then-largest newspaper.

He began his newspaper career in 1967, when he joined his family owned paper, The Times Herald in Port Huron, Michigan.

“I’m grateful to McClatchy for the opportunity to work at a premier company with some of the best talent in our industry,” Weil said.