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Statesman Goes For the Youth Angle

New publisher is on the job this week

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Bye-Bye, Mike Petrak. Last week the publisher of the Idaho Statesman told staff of the state's largest daily that he and new owners McClatchy Co. agreed his time was up.

In his place is Mi-Ai Parrish who, at 35, is younger than many of the paper's reporters and its editor, Vicki Gowler. She and Gowler won't have to make many introductions, though; back in Minnesota, Parrish was deputy managing editor for features at the Minneapolis Star Tribune while Gowler was editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Petrak moved to Boise from San Jose, Calif., where he was the vice president of marketing for Knight Ridder, the company that used to own the Statesman. Shortly after Petrak got on board, Knight Ridder sold the paper to McClatchy. Just 10 days later, Petrak was gone.

"I'm not surprised McClatchy wants their own person in there," said Stephanie Pressly, publisher of the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Parrish starts this week.