September 2, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ward Bushee, the San Francisco Chronicle's executive vice president and editor, has announced his retirement after five years as the editorial leader of the Hearst Corp. newspaper.
The Chronicle reports the 64-year-old Bushee will continue to play a role in the Hearst Fellowship Program as well as contribute to some companywide projects. No replacement editor has been named.
Bushee's departure follows the May retirement of former Chronicle Publisher Frank Vega. The paper and its digital operations are now led by Publisher Jeffrey Johnson and President Joanne Bradford.
Johnson says Bushee helped guide the Chronicle through difficult times and "positioned the newsroom well as we accelerate our digital strategies."
The Northern California native joined the Chronicle in February 2008 from the Arizona Republic, where he had been editor since 2002.