Medill junior Tyler Pager named The Daily’s next editor in chief

Alex Putterman, Web Editor

Medill junior Tyler Pager will be The Daily Northwestern’s next editor in chief, the paper’s publisher announced Monday.

Pager, currently a managing editor, will lead the paper during Winter Quarter and Spring Quarter.

“I’m thrilled,” Pager said. “I could not be more excited to lead the paper of record for Northwestern University. It’s a tremendous honor and a lot of responsibility, and I’m really looking forward to working with such an incredibly talented staff.”

Pager will succeed Medill senior Sophia Bollag, who has served as EIC the past two quarters.

“Tyler is going to do an amazing job as the next editor in chief,” Bollag said. “He is so devoted to this publication and cares so deeply about its success, and I know he has a lot of really great ideas for how to improve our coverage.”

The board of Students Publishing Co., The Daily’s parent organization, interviewed Pager Monday evening and was impressed by the junior’s experience and enthusiasm for The Daily, board chairman Charles Yarnoff said.

“It’s really clear that he lives, breathes and eats The Daily,” he said. “We know he will bring incredible energy as editor in chief.”

Yarnoff said the board also liked Pager’s emphasis on multimedia in reporting and his commitment to recruiting a diverse staff.

Pager has worked for The Daily since fall of his freshman year, serving as In Focus editor, breaking news editor and campus editor before his current stint as managing editor. Last summer, he interned for USA Today, covering a number of subjects including the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Supreme Court’s ruling on the legality of same-sex marriage.

Pager said he hopes to further improve The Daily’s web presence by growing the web staff, incorporating video and audio and “really revamping it to make it a 24/7 news site.”

“Improving the way we put out content on the website has been critical,” Pager said. “That’s going to be my focus over the next two quarters.”

Bollag also emphasized the importance of developing The Daily’s digital operation.

“That’s where newspapers in general need to grow,” she said. “Tyler will do a really good job continuing that and taking it even further.”

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