- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Wichita Eagle has announced it has hired Steve Coffman as its new executive editor.

The 52-year-old editor comes from the Gannett-owned Jackson Sun in Tennessee, where he was executive editor and director of content and audience development.

Coffman replaces Sherry Chisenhall, who left last month to be managing editor of the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina.

Tuesday’s announcement was made by Eagle president and publisher Roy Heatherly, who was a former president and publisher of the Jackson Sun.

Heatherly says he has been trying to get Coffman in the McClatchy newspaper chain since he himself joined it. McClatchy is the Eagle’s parent company, and also owns the Kansas City Star.

Coffman is expected to start Aug. 1 at the Eagle.

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