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New Editor Takes Charge at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Burris takes helm at time of controversy for the newspaper.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has named a new executive editor after a period of controversy for the newspaper.

Publisher John Robinson Block named Keith Burris as executive editor on Monday. According to the Post-Gazette Burris will retain his title as editorial director, oversees the opinion page.

"I'm proud that we can have somebody of Keith's standing with his background and leadership qualities that can help us get through this difficult time for our business and our country," Block told the Post-Gazette.

In addition to growing financial pressures on the newspaper business across the country, the Post-Gazette has faced controversy locally.

Per the Post-Gazette: "Mr. Burris acknowledged controversies that have swirled around the Post-Gazette's opinion pages since he took the helm, including the firing of longtime editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers in June, and reaction to recent work by Mr. Rogers' successor, Steve Kelley, drawings that some have decried as anti-female."

The appointment also comes at a time of apparent tension between newsroom staff and management. Earlier this month, the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh filed an unfair labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board after a reported outburst by Block in the newsroom on February 9. Block Communications said in a statement it disagreed with the Guild's description of the incident, which included multiple eyewitness accounts from staffers. The Guild and Block Communications are currently negotiating a new labor agreement.

Burris succeeds David Shribman, who stepped down last year after serving as executive editor since 2003.

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