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Daily News Names New Editor

September 14, 1989

NEW YORK (AP) _ Daily News Editor Gil Spencer has resigned and Managing Editor James Willse is his successor, the newspaper announced Thursday.

Spencer, 64, a 1974 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial writing, plans to write and possibly teach. He came to the News five years ago from the Philadelphia Daily News, where he also was editor.

″This was the worst kind of decision for me, but one that makes absolute sense at this particular time in my professional life,″ he said. ″I’ll miss this newspaper terribly. And I’ll miss the people I worked with, sane and insane. I’ll miss them and I owe them.″

Willse, 45, joined the Daily News in 1984 as vice president and managing editor. He came from the San Francisco Examiner, where he also served as managing editor.

He previously worked for The Associated Press, as the news editor in San Francisco and as a national editor in New York.

Willse, a native of New York, is the son of a New York City police detective. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and Columbia Journalism School. In 1974, he was a Professional Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

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