Veteran Chicago journalist James Warren stepped down Monday after just four months as president and publisher of the Chicago Reader. He said he plans to take on “enhanced duties” with the nonprofit Chicago News Cooperative, where he serves as a columnist, and pursue “other intriguing journalism opportunities.”
In a memo to his staff, Warren wrote:
“As I analyzed the needs of the Reader at this important moment in its history, I’ve decided to step aside and facilitate that process. The paper needs a corporate team working in lockstep, especially at a time of great financial need.”
Warren, 56, was co-managing editor of the Chicago Tribune before he resigned in 2008. He joined the Reader Nov. 2.