‘Insider’ Mike Burbach named new editor of the Pioneer Press

Mike Burbach
Mike Burbach

Mike Burbach is the new editor of Pioneer Press.

He’s been the paper’s opinion page editor since 2006.

He replaces Thom Fladung, who left earlier this year to become managing editor at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Burbach, 52, has previously been editor at newspapers in Minot, N.D., and Columbus, Ga., and managing editor of papers in Aberdeen, S.D., and Akron, Ohio.

He met with the newsroom staff at 4 p.m. for the formal announcement.

Newsroom reaction was positive, reporter John Brewer said. “People seem genuinely satisfied and happy.”

The news wasn’t a complete surprise. There’d been talk that he was in the running, but they told us other were interviewed, too, he said.

Burbach told the staff he will continue running the opinion page, for a while at least,  after taking over editor duties next week.

Editorial pager writer Jim Ragsdale called Burbach a great guy.

“He was the strong internal candidate, and I think most of us hoped he would get it,” Ragsdale said. “But it’s a hard position, and his predecessor had to make some tough decisions. I wish him the best.”

“The Pioneer Press is committed to St. Paul and the east metro, and so am I,” said Burbach in a statement. “Our communities are full of interesting people. They get involved, they make interesting things happen, and they consume news and information with a passion. This is a great place to be in the news business, and I’m fortunate to have the chance to help build on the Pioneer Press’ long history of distinctive, useful reporting.”

He is a Nebraska native and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1982.

Said Pioneer Press Publisher Guy Gilmore: “All of us at the Pioneer Press now look to Mike to contribute to our multi-year, industry leading circulation performance.”

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