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Olmstead Named Managing Editor of The Miami Herald

September 13, 1996

MIAMI (AP) _ Veteran journalist Larry Olmstead has been named managing editor of The Miami Herald.

Olmstead, 39, replaces Saundra Keyes, who resigned in July and accepted a job as managing editor of The Contra Costa Times, a California newspaper owned by Knight-Ridder Inc., which also owns the Herald.

``I’m thrilled, I’m excited, I’m pumped, I’m humbled,″ said Olmstead, who most recently has been an executive with Knight-Ridder. He takes over as managing editor in November.

``There are a lot of challenges, but mostly what we want to do is enhance what already is a great news product,″ Olmstead said after Wednesday’s announcement.

Olmstead began his career in 1977 as a copy-editing intern at The Baltimore Evening Sun, where he later became a reporter. He moved to The Detroit Free Press in 1980 and remained there 13 years, working as a copy editor, assistant city editor, reporter, foreign correspondent, deputy city editor and city editor.

In 1993, Olmstead went to work for The New York Times as special projects editor. He left at the end of the year to become assistant vice president of human resources and diversity for Knight-Ridder.