Miami Herald’s editor steps in as publisher moves to lead Baptist Health’s foundation

Aminda Marqués González, executive editor of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, will expand her leadership role with the Miami Herald Media Company as its editor and publisher, the news organization’s parent company, McClatchy, announced Friday.

Alexandra Villoch, current president and publisher and also publisher for McClatchy’s East Region, is stepping down to take on a new role as chief executive officer for the Baptist Health South Florida Foundation.

McClatchy also named Sara Glines as regional publisher of the company’s Carolinas and East regions, which is comprised of seven local media outlets. Marqués and Glines will step into their new roles on April 15.

“We’re grateful to Alex for her strong leadership, dedication to local journalism and passion for Miami over nearly two decades,” said Craig Forman, McClatchy’s president and CEO. “At the same time, we could not be happier to appoint Mindy and Sara to these important leadership positions, continuing the high-impact essential journalism that resulted in two Pulitzer Prizes at the Herald and other prestigious awards in recent years.”

Marqués will continue to serve as executive editor of the Bradenton Herald, which is also owned by McClatchy.

The first Hispanic and second woman to be named executive editor at the Miami Herald, Marqués grew up in South Florida and began her journalism career in 1986 at the Herald as an intern. She was recently inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Hall of Fame. During her tenure, the Miami Herald has won two Pulitzer Prizes and has been a finalist three times.

Most recently, she led the newspaper’s coverage of youth gun violence in observance of the anniversary of the Parkland tragedy in an unprecedented collaboration with the nonprofit The Trace and McClatchy newsrooms across the country.

“Growing up, my singular goal was to work at my hometown paper, and I am excited to begin this new chapter leading the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald,” Marqués said. “I am so grateful for the support of all of my colleagues in Miami as I make this transition. I’ve been lucky to have worked closely with Alex Villoch over the past five years and am grateful for her leadership and mentorship.”

Marqués is a 1986 graduate of the University of Florida, where she was honored in 2012 as an Alumnus of Distinction by the College of Journalism and Communications. She serves on the board of the Pulitzer Prizes, is past president of the Florida Society of News Editors and is an advisory board member for the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for Women in Communication at Florida International University.

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