Daily News leaders

Some changes are ahead for the Daily News newsroom.

Kent Warneke, the newspaper's editor and vice president, announced earlier this week that he will be retiring from the Daily News and journalism as of later this summer.

"There couldn't be a better place to have spent all these years than in Norfolk at the Daily News," he said.

Warneke, who started at The Omaha World-Herald in 1982, was named managing editor in Norfolk in 1987. He then became editor and vice president in 1992, succeeding Emil Reutzel Jr.

"Over those 30-plus years, I've been blessed to be part of a news organization that always strives to be a community advocate while practicing responsible, fair and accurate journalism," he said. "And the best part of my time at the Daily News has been all of the truly outstanding individuals I have had the good fortune to work with."

Three longtime newsroom leaders — Jay Prauner, sports editor; Jerry Guenther, regional editor; and Tim Pearson, news editor — will lead the transition at the Daily News in light of Warneke's upcoming retirement.

"The newsroom is in extremely good hands with those three helping to lead the way," Warneke said.

Bill Huse, publisher of the Daily News, said the newspaper will consider both internal and possible external candidates to succeed Warneke.

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