By Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A president who led the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel through the economic challenges of a recession and a shift in advertising revenue while maintaining prize-winning journalism plans to retire next month.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Brenner told her staff Monday she will leave her job as president June 30. The 61-year-old Brenner says she’s leaving on her terms after a “terrific run.” The Journal Sentinel was purchased last month by Gannett Co. Inc.

When Brenner arrived at the company in 2004, the Journal Sentinel was in transition. Parent company Journal Communications, had recently become publicly traded after decades of employee ownership.

The economic challenges forced Brenner to cut staff, which she says was “incredibly painful.” Yet, under her watch the newspaper and its journalists won three Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other awards.

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