Ron Smith, deputy managing editor of daily news and production at the (Milwaukee) Journal Sentinel will leave to join Gannett’s USA Today as its new managing editor of news, he announced on Facebook.
“A bit of news for me. And apologies for doing this in such a massive way, but I have been a wee bit busy,” Smith wrote. “I will be joining USA Today next month as its new managing editor for news.”
Smith will work with all newsroom teams overseeing coverage as it translates from digital to the print product.
“Some of you are already familiar with Ron,” Patty Michalski, managing editor for digital and interim editor in chief at USA Today, wrote in a staff memo. “He visited USA Today several times over the past few months on behalf of the Journal Sentinel, learning about the network and our workflow for his work overseeing the breaking news and production teams for Milwaukee. But many of you also got to know Ron when he was here in July helping with Page One for a week after Andria Yu’s departure. In that one week, he was hands-on, working with stories and aspects of production.”
Before joining the Journal Sentinel, Smith worked as a senior editor at The (Portland) Oregonian, and a desk editor at Newsday and the Los Angeles Times.