After 3½ years leading el Nuevo Herald, Myriam Márquez will step down this month as executive editor and vice president, publisher Alexandra Villoch announced on Friday.
“We are grateful for Myriam’s leadership and her many contributions to the growth of el Nuevo,” said Villoch, president and publisher of the Miami Herald Media Company.
In 2013, Márquez took the helm of el Nuevo Herald and led its digital transformation, bolstered investigative and enterprise reporting, reinvented the opinion pages and drove the redesign of the printed newspaper.
Márquez said she was confident that el Nuevo Herald would continue to be a reliable source of news and analysis for millions of readers both online and in print.
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“It has never been more important to have an independent press, the pillar of a true democracy,” Márquez said. “And no one understands that better than our stellar staff, many who have come to the United States fleeing the oppression of despotic governments.”
Under her leadership, el Nuevo Herald’s digital operation has had record-breaking growth, consistently ranking among the top performers in McClatchy, which owns el Nuevo Herald and the Miami Herald. Last year alone, el Nuevo grew local digital traffic by 28 percent and video views by more than 100 percent.
El Nuevo is also a leader on social media, with the largest number of followers on Twitter and Facebook among 30 media companies in the chain.
Earlier this year, Márquez oversaw the launch of AccesoMiami, a new digital site for business people and high-end travelers from Latin America and Spain who are investing in or relocating to South Florida. She also recently announced the production of a high-quality Spanish-language news podcast, “De Todo Un Podcast.”
During her tenure, Márquez strengthened coverage of local news and watchdog reporting, winning awards from the Florida Society of News Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists, and McClatchy’s President’s Award, the company’s top editorial recognition. A recent el Nuevo investigation into malfeasance among local condominium associations led to changes in the law during the Florida legislative session.
Márquez began her 12-year stint at the Miami Herald as an assistant city editor. She also served as deputy metro editor, columnist and editorial page editor before taking the lead at el Nuevo Herald. Before joining the Herald, she was an editorial writer, columnist and enterprise editor at the Orlando Sentinel.
“I am so grateful to the Miami Herald Media Co., our publisher, Alex Villoch, and our parent company, McClatchy, for putting their trust in me and giving me the opportunity to lead a newsroom that has done tremendous, groundbreaking work,” Márquez said. “From our coverage and analysis of events unfolding in Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela to our local award-winning investigations on human trafficking, immigration, the transit nightmare, domestic abuse and fraud at condo associations, we have made a difference and helped the most vulnerable.”
After kicking off the 30th anniversary this year of el Nuevo Herald as the nation’s preeminent award-winning Spanish-language daily, Márquez wants to pursue other opportunities in her native South Florida. She will work through June 16 to help with the transition.
Miami Herald Executive Editor and Vice President for News Aminda Marqués Gonzalez will oversee el Nuevo Herald’s operations in the interim.