Plain Dealer Names New Editor

CLEVELAND (AP) - The executive editor and vice president of the San Jose Mercury News was named editor Monday of The Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper.

Susan Goldberg will take over May 29, becoming the newspaper's first female editor. She succeeds Doug Clifton, who will retire Tuesday after leading the newsroom for nearly eight years.

Goldberg, 47, led the Mercury News for the past four years and was previously its managing editor. She previously worked at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Detroit Free Press and spent 10 years at USA Today, where she served as a deputy managing editor.

"Susan is one of the great leaders and journalistic talents in our industry and we are thrilled she will be joining us," said Publisher Terrance C.Z. Egger. "She is smart, full of energy, realistic and very excited about the rapidly changing world of journalism we live in today."

The Plain Dealer last year offered employee buyouts as more readers turned to the Internet and television for news, a step taken by other newspapers. In 2005, it won its first Pulitzer Prize in more than 50 years, with columnist Connie Schultz winning the award for commentary.

The newspaper is owned by Advance Publications Inc. and has a circulation of about 365,000