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Duluth News Tribune

Duluth News Tribune Executive Editor Robin Washington has left the newspaper after more than four years in the publication’s top news job.

Publisher Ken Browall informed newsroom staff Thursday afternoon of the change in leadership.

“Robin Washington has left the editor position at the Duluth News Tribune. I wish him well in his future endeavors. The search for a new editor will begin immediately,” Browall said in a prepared statement. He declined to elaborate on the situation.

Washington had led the News Tribune’s news department since Jan. 8, 2010, when then-editor Rob Karwath was laid off and his position eliminated, among others at the paper, as part of cost-cutting measures. The News Tribune and its news staff won numerous awards during Washington’s tenure.

“I thank everyone there for a great 10 years,” Washington said in an interview Friday. “And I wish the paper well in its new direction.”

Washington, 57, a Chicago native, started at the News Tribune in 2004 as editorial page editor. He previously worked as columnist and reporter for the Boston Herald and has produced award-winning public television documentaries.

The paper’s executive editor oversees 36 reporters, photographers, py editors, city editors and other journalists who produce the newspaper and the website.