Wichita Eagle names new executive editor

August 3, 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita Eagle has named a long-time employee to oversee the newsroom as its new executive editor.

The newspaper announced Michael Roehrman’s new role Friday. The seventh-generation Kansan has worked at the Eagle since 1996.

Roehrman, 52, has been serving as acting editor since April. He is the 11th editor to hold the top newsroom job in the organization’s 147-year history.

He succeeds Steve Coffman, who left to become editor of the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas.

Roehrman started working at the Eagle while a college student at Wichita State University, helping launch the website that became Kansas.com. He has worked as copy desk chief, publishing editor, senior editor and digital strategist.

He says he views his role as editor of a digital news organization that also publishes a newspaper.

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