Manchester Times editor Leila Beem Núñez will be leaving her position with the newspaper at the end of the year, announced publisher Josh Peterson.
Núñez began at the newspaper in November of 2016 as the news editor and was promoted to the paper’s editor in April of 2017. Her final day will be December 22.
“I’ll be leaving the Manchester Times to pursue some other avenues in preparation to further my education,” said Núñez. “My time here has been a wonderful learning experience in which I’ve met great people from all walks of life, and I’m very grateful for the hospitality this community has shown me.
“I could not have asked for a better team here in this newsroom, or better guidance as a younger writer. Being editor at this publication has offered me a lot of opportunity to grow as both a journalist and person. The Manchester Times takes great pride in providing this community with the news it needs – both good and bad – to stay informed and be aware, and I’m proud to have been a part of that this past year.”
Peterson applauded the work done by the newsroom during Núñez’ tenure.
“I don’t remember a time when our newspaper was as diverse in its coverage from week to week,” said Peterson. “Leila has done phenomenal work; from leading necessary investigative reporting efforts to telling great feature stories about the great things happening and the people in our community.
“I have no doubt that the paper is better off for having her spend the past year with us and I am just as certain that she will do great things in her future endeavors.”
The Times is currently conducting a nationwide search for a replacement to build on the paper’s foundation of credible community news. Peterson said the paper hopes to have a replacement in place by December 1.