Tom Warhover has stepped down as executive editor of the Columbia Missourian after 15 years in the position. Mike Jenner, Houston Harte Chair at MU's School of Journalism, has been appointed interim executive editor.

Warhover, who is an associate professor at the School of Journalism, will teach full time and conduct research at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Warhover, 53, said he will teach undergraduate news reporting and will help create an online course.

Asked about his motivation for leaving the Missourian, Warhover said, "It's been a long time in a job that's a little bit difficult."

In his tenure with the Missourian, which is a teaching lab for MU School of Journalism students, Warhover oversaw the Missourian's transition to an "online first" publication, and as a result, it publishes more news to more platforms than any other Journalism School professional outlet.

He led the staff to hundreds of Missouri Press Association awards and other honors in a period of financial difficulty in the newspaper industry. He also developed a keen interest in stress and resiliency, and his work helped identify students in crisis and improved the newsroom's response. 

Warhover offered his resignation to David Kurpius, dean of the School of Journalism, in mid-December. Kurpius and Warhover met Thursday and made Warhover's resignation effective Monday, Warhover said by phone. Kurpius issued a news release announcing Warhover's resignation early Monday afternoon.

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