The Chronicle (http://bit.ly/RKTmq4) reports that, as executive editor and executive vice president, Cohen will continue reporting directly to Publisher Tom Stephenson. Stephenson says Managing Editor Steve Proctor will run the newsroom while a national search begins for Cohen's successor.
The 57-year-old Cohen has been with the Hearst Corp. for 36 years. As the Chronicle's editor since 2002, he directed the coverage of such major news stories as hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike and the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia over East Texas.
Cohen says those days have been exhilarating, "but there comes a time when you want to leave the administrative duties behind and focus full time on words and ideas."
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