- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The editor of The Commercial Appeal has announced his resignation.

Louis Graham, who began working for the Memphis newspaper 38 years ago as a reporter in Jackson, told staff on Wednesday that he is leaving for a position at ALSAC, the organization that handles fundraising and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Graham told the newspaper (https://memne.ws/2pDnLlr) his last day will be May 12 and that he’s “just moving into another mission.” He was named editor in 2013.

The newspaper is owned by Gannett Co., which purchased previous owner Journal Media Group last year.

Gannett Co. East executive editor Manny Garcia says Graham’s investigative work as a reporter and later as editor has improved lives.

Opinion editor Mark Russell will lead the newspaper while a search is conducted for a new executive editor.

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This version corrects Graham’s last name throughout.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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