Rene Sanchez is named editor of Star Tribune

The Star Tribune announced today that Managing Editor Rene Sanchez has been promoted to editor of the paper.

Sanchez has been the No. 2 news leader at the Strib and now steps up to the No. 1 spot with the departure of Editor Nancy Barnes for the Houston Chronicle.

Publisher Mike Klingensmith announced the promotion this afternoon at a newsroom meeting. Sanchez will begin his new job on Friday.

According to the paper, Sanchez, 48, has been managing editor since 2008. The story gives him credit for helping “conceive and lead the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative project on local daycare deaths.”

He’s a New Orleans native with a journalism degree from  Loyola University in New Orleans.  He came to the Star Tribune in 2004 as a writer, after 17 years as a reporter at the Washington Post.

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