James Pimentel (pictured) has resigned as executive editor of the San Francisco Examiner after nearly four years in the job and nine years at the paper.

The SF Appeal, an online newspaper, reports that Pimentel left on Friday, June 18, and that Publisher James Wilcox informed the staff of his departure on Tuesday, June 22. The Appeal says Wilcox told the staff that “several factors” led to Pimentel’s departure, but he didn’t elaborate.

No successor has been named. Managing editor Deirdre Hussey is currently running the newsroom.

Pimentel began his newspaper career at the Oakland Tribune in 1984. He joined the Examiner in 2001 as sports editor before becoming managing editor in 2003. Pimentel led the paper’s transition from broadsheet to tabloid in 2003 and its launch of zoned editions in San Mateo County in 2004.

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  1. One down… Deirdre D. Hussey is still there. Talk about that old saying that one gets promoted in direct proportion to their level of incompetence. Don't be surprised if she weasles her way to Pimentel's old position.

  2. Transients use it to cover their bodies at night. They favor the Friday edition, which usually has more pages.

  3. To Dan D. above: The Examiner printed a one-column story just last week (June 2010) on the biz page announcing Pimentel was resigning from the paper in order to work on the web sites exclusively. So again, what's the mystery?

  4. In the beginning under Ted Fang, the Ex was a great place to work, with great people. But somewhere along the way, the Fangs ruined it.
    By the way, Mr. Pimentel did NOT lead the transition from broadsheet to daily; that was done under Ted Fang and company.
    I know, I was there.

  5. there's been a lot of turnover in the examiner newsroom, so it's kind of surprising to see that Pimentel lasted four years as editor. they've got a revolving door.

  6. What's the mystery? According to the story in the Examiner, he got promoted to a corporate job supervising the SF and DC Examiner websites.

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