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Mi-Ai Parrish Named Publisher of The Kansas City Star

Released 06/14/2011

The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI) today named Mi-Ai Parrish as president and publisher of The Kansas City Star. Her appointment is effective June 20.

Since July 2006, Parrish has been the president and publisher of the McClatchy-owned Idaho Statesman newspaper in Boise. She arrived at the Idaho Statesman after a dynamic journalism career at some of the country’s largest metro newspapers.

Parrish, 40, was the deputy managing editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune from 2002-2006; served as deputy managing editor at the San Francisco Chronicle from 2001 to 2002; was the deputy managing editor at The Arizona Republic from 1999 to 2001; and held key editing roles at the Chicago Sun-Times from 1993 to 1999, including assistant Sunday editor.

Parrish began her newspaper career at The Virginian-Pilot in 1992 as a copy editor and reporter before being promoted to assistant business editor.

"Mi-Ai is a proven leader, extremely knowledgeable and passionate about newspapering in all of its varied and modern forms," said Gary Pruitt, McClatchy's chairman and chief executive. "That combination of leadership, business acumen and passion will benefit The Kansas City Star as it builds on its previous success."

At the Idaho Statesman, Parrish led the state’s No 1 media company, transforming and diversifying the business operations, introducing new print and digital products, growing digital traffic and revenue while improving the core newspaper and enhancing its reputation for quality journalism.

Among the dozens of new advertising and editorial products and services introduced during Parrish’s tenure at the Idaho Statesman was Business Insider, a weekly business-to-business magazine that debuted in 2011. The paper also formed an innovative partnership with Boise State University to provide students, faculty and staff with access to a special, electronic edition of the Idaho Statesman tailored for the university audience.

In 2008, the Idaho Statesman was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the breaking news category for its leading coverage of events triggered by the men's room arrest of U.S. Sen. Larry Craig.

"Mi-Ai is an innovative, intelligent and enthusiastic publisher – all qualities you need to make a great newspaper even better," said Mark Zieman, McClatchy vice president, operations. "Mi-Ai is ready and eager to meet the modern challenges and opportunities facing the Star, and I know she’ll be a positive force for both the newspaper and the community."

Parrish holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. She was born in New York City and raised in Washington, D.C. She is married to David Parrish, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter.

"The Kansas City Star has a storied history, and I'm humbled to be part of its future," Parrish said.

"I've been fortunate to work with a wonderful team in Boise with an innovative spirit and a willingness to embrace change," Parrish said. "At the same time, I'm thrilled to join the great staff and talented journalists at the Star and become part of the vibrant Kansas City community."

As a publisher, Parrish has been deeply involved in the community and the newspaper industry. She serves on the boards of the Treasure Valley United Way, the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Idaho Business Coalition for Education Excellence and the Newspaper Association of Idaho. She is president of the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association.

A search for Parrish's replacement at the Idaho Statesman is under way.

About McClatchy

The McClatchy Company is the third largest newspaper company in the United States, publishing 30 daily newspapers, 43 non-dailies, and direct marketing and direct mail operations. McClatchy also operates leading local websites in each of its markets which extend its audience reach. The websites offer users comprehensive news and information, advertising, e-commerce and other services. Together with its newspapers and direct marketing products, these interactive operations make McClatchy the leading local media company in each of its premium high growth markets. McClatchy-owned newspapers include The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer (Raleigh).

McClatchy also owns a portfolio of premium digital assets, including 15.0% of CareerBuilder, the nation's largest online job site, 25.6% of Classified Ventures, a newspaper industry partnership that offers two of the nation's premier classified websites: the auto website Cars.com and the rental site Apartments.com and 33.3% of HomeFinder, which operates the real estate website HomeFinder.com. McClatchy is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MNI.