McClatchy's Merced Sun-Star editor, Joe Kieta, is leaving the paper to become editor of the Observer-Dispatch, a Gatehouse paper in Utica, NY. Details are available in the Sun-Star story online here.
For my part, let me just say I'm sorry to see him go and will miss the energy, enthusiasm and alacrity Joe brought to our company during this crucial time for journalism. Anybody whose website had a video of a reporter being tasered and a story about teenagers being caught having sex in a department store on the same day obviously understands something about the new media landscape.
Bon voyage, Joe. I'll send you one of my old snow shovels from Alaska days.