Plain Dealer publisher retiring next year

CLEVELAND - The publisher of The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland will retire early next year.

Terrance C.Z. Egger announced on Wednesday that he's leaving Ohio's largest daily newspaper after more than six years in Cleveland. His successor has not been announced.

The 54-year-old Egger was named publisher, president and chief executive officer of The Plain Dealer in 2006. He also oversees a chain of weeklies in northeast Ohio.

He was publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before coming to Cleveland. He's also worked at Tucson Newspapers in Arizona and Copley Los Angeles Newspapers.

The Plain Dealer ( bit.ly/OOXiqM ) says Egger hopes to return to teaching in college.

The newspaper has a weekday circulation of about 286,400. It is owned by New York-based Advance Publications Inc.

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