Star Tribune names Sanchez editor, senior VP

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Star Tribune has promoted Rene Sanchez to editor and senior vice president.

Sanchez was the Minneapolis-based newspaper’s managing editor. He starts his new job Friday.

Sanchez succeeds Nancy Barnes, who is leaving the Star Tribune to become editor and executive vice president of news for the Houston Chronicle.

In his new position, Sanchez will lead Minnesota’s largest newsgathering and reporting operation, with 265 fulltime journalists.

Sanchez joined the Star Tribune as a writer in 2004. He was named Sunday editor nine months later and eventually became managing editor in 2008.

Sanchez helped lead the investigative project on infant deaths at home day cares that won the Star Tribune the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting.

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