BURBANK ? Will Fleet, publisher of the Burbank Leader and four other Times Community News papers, announced Tuesday that he will be leaving to take a position as publisher and president of The Bradenton Herald on the gulf coast of Florida.
"This is a bittersweet time for me," Fleet said. "I really enjoy being in the GlendaleBurbankFoothill communities and I think the world of [Los Angeles Times publisher] Jeff Johnson, [Times Community News General Manager] Tom Johnson and the Tribune Company."
Fleet, 48, will oversee a staff of about 250 at the Bradenton Herald, which covers Manatee County and has a daily circulation of 44,000, and 53,000 on Sundays. The announcement of Fleet as publisher of the Herald comes one day after the McClatchy Co.'s shareholders approved the purchase of Knight-Ridder, which owned the Herald.